Few great growths can claim seven centuries of history, or to have a Pope's passion as their origin. The estate takes its name from its first owner Clement V, elected under Philip the Fair in 1305. The current owner has pursued his work and created a first in Bordeaux by hand-desteming the entire harvest. With a commitment to excellence, the grapes are fed under gravity into small wooden casks adapted to the surface area of each section and then vinified with the greatest care from the vine through to bottling.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2007 Pape Clement has a clean and pure bouquet with graphite-tinged red berry fruit, melted tar on a hot summer's day, singed leather coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and quite elegant with a sense of breeziness as it skips towards the finish. I like the brightness of fruit here, redcurrant and cranberry, also the precision on the finish that might not be powerful, but achieves fine focus. This has always been an admirable Pessac-Léognan and it is probably à point now, yet will give another decade's worth of drinking pleasure. Tasted December 2016.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU PAPE CLEMENT 33600 PESSAC FRANCE|
|Producer||Château Pape Clément|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 16
- Vineyard : Graves
- Wine Spectator : 90
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc