This morning Pape Clement has released at £376 per case of six or £752 per case of 12, a very small 3.6% increase on 2019. As is well known the 2019s were released at incredibly attractive pierces, so the 2020 releasing in line with this makes it very appealing. This is especially true due to the fact that Pessac Leognan is the appellation of the vintage of the left bank. The wines of Pessac excelled with their higher preponderance of Merlot in the blend, Pape Clement is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot in 2020. As such Pape Clement 2020 is one of their finest ever, which is reflected in the scores.

It has been awarded 96-98 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate, 97-98 from James Suckling, 95-97 from Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media, the former saying, “The 2020 exudes purity, energy and breath-taking balance, it is one of the finest recent vintages I can remember tasting,” the latter calling it “outstanding wine that should age brilliantly in bottle.” This is all rounded off with an epic 97-99 points from Jeb Dunnuck, who calls it “This is a gorgeous wine in the making.” We tasted it several times viewing it as one of the finest wines of the vintage, a staggering Pape Clement and a must own wine of the vintage. Pape Clement one of the great Bordeaux wines, decorated with 96-98 and 97-99 points, which at £62.60 is a brilliant proposition. The smart money will go towards this wine as it will be a classic.
 

Pape ClementWAJSJDReleasePrice
202096-9897-9897-99£752£752
201996-98+96-9796-99£725£725
201896+9899£795£720
201794+9693£758£650
2016969897£770£745
2015969897£625£694
2014949695£480£660
20139192n/a£540£695
2012979494£550£770
20119690-91n/a£620£780
201010096n/a£1,100£1,600
2009959896£1,050£1,450
2008959194£750£840
200790n/an/a£720£860
200694n/an/a£750£940
200599n/an/a£850£1,670

Chateau Pape Clement has the distinction of being the oldest clearly identifiable vineyard in Bordeaux. The property was planted in 1300 by Berald de Goth and presented to his brother Bertrand upon his appointment as Archbishop of Bordeaux. Bertrand became Pope Clement V in 1306 and gifted the vineyard to the incoming Archbishop, Cardinal Arnaud de Canteloup. The Estate remained the property of the church until the revolution and was sold a number of times in the following years.

Jean-Baptiste Clerc assumed ownership in 1858 and the Chateau flourished, commanding the same prices as the Medoc’s Second Growth wines. After a long period of decline, Paul Montagne purchased the ailing estate in 1939 and in partnership with winemaker Emile Peynaud managed to turn its fortunes around. Since 1985, the property has been producing top class wines under the stewardship of Montagne’s son and Bernard Magrez with the famous Michel Rolland as a consultant.

As ever Pape Clement blanc is one of the most revered and loved white wines of Bordeaux, one of the finest exemplars of white wine found anywhere. In 2020 it has once again produced a superb wine which has been awarded 94-96 points from Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate and 97-98 from James Suckling. It has been released this morning at £535 per case of six, or £1,075 per 12, a 4% discount on the 2019, making it one of the best price vintages on the market and as can be seen from the table below, it rises in prices in bottle providing excellent vintage premium. It is well worth securing it on release.

 

Pape Clement BlancWAJSReleasePrice
202094-9697-98£1,070£1,070
201995-9796-97£1,118£1,118
20189598-99£1,185£1,185
201794+96£1,200£1,200
201695+95£1,185£1,160
20159598£995£1,150
20149097n/a£920
20139097£956£980
201296n/a£1,050£950
201193-9595-96£930£1,215
20109594-95n/a£1,250
2009100100n/a£4,050
200893n/an/a£1,860
200797n/an/a£1,750
200698n/an/a£1,800
200590n/a£838£1,600