Moderately saturated dark red. Roasted red berries, hot stones and tobacco on the nose; shallower than the '00 or '01. Offers good but not outstanding texture and sweetness, with enticing flavors of plum jam and tobacco. Nicely balanced and firm, with brisk acids contributing to the impression of structure.
The stunning 1999 Pape Clement is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot. The wine is performing better from bottle than it did from cask. There is a fabulous bouquet of smoke, blueberries, raspberry cassis, and liquid minerals. This is a medium to full-bodied, layered, concentrated wine with no hard edges. As it sat in the glass, additional aromas of cedar wood, graphite, and cigar smoke emerged. This is a classic, sexy, knock-out Pessac-Leognan with a surprisingly dense, rich style for a 1999. (RP)
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