Wine Advocate January 2016: Château Pape Clément’s 100-Point Upgrade
Up until January 2016, Robert Parker had awarded 19 châteaux perfect 100-point scores. Then, in a story entitled “Magdalena Restaurant - The Ivy Hotel,” Parker returned to Flying Winemaker Michel Rolland’s stupefying 2009 Château Pape Clément and added number 20!
When recapping the evening, he said, “The red wine flight was a colossal showing for the 2009s, with perfect wines from Cos d’Estournel, La Mission Haut-Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte, Pape Clément and Haut-Brion. These amazing wines are not only showing their individual, singular terroir characteristics at age six, but the luxurious, extravagant richness and body of this vintage. As I have written and said publicly many times, 2009 is the modern-day version of 1982, except much more consistent.”
Prices soared on the Place de Bordeaux, fueled by one of the most infamous upgrades in the 40-year history of The Wine Advocate. When we got the call that we could get our hands on 15 cases of the 2009 Château Pape Clément, at a price that’s one-half to one-TWENTIETH of other 100-pointers from 2009 — we pounced.
180 bottles are up for grabs, each drawn directly from Bernard Magrez’s frigid cellars in Pessac-Léognan. If ever a $239 could be called “a pittance” for a single bottle of vintage Bordeaux, it’s today. Shipping included.