Pessac Leognan Protected Designation of Origin and Great Classed Growth
Chateau Pape Clement was bought by Bernard Magrez in 1983. It owes its name to one of its famous owners: Pope Clement V, who got the estate as a present. This Bordeaux estate (left bank of the Garonne) is a Pessac Leognan Great Classed Growth (Graves classification of 1959) and covers almost 57 hectares. The Chateau Pape Clement's vineyards are about 30 years old and are managed according to the sustainable winegrowing principles. It's made up of 4 grape varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. The seven hectares of white grapes are made up of: 45% Sauvignon blanc, 45% Semillon, and 10% Muscadelle. The white-grape vines are about 18 years old.
Pape Clement produces two Red Bordeaux cuvees, and two White Bordeaux wines. The first wine is Chateau Pape Clement's Great Wine (red and white), and the second is called "le Clementin du Pape Clement" (also red and white). Chateau Pape Clement was the first acquisition of Bernard Magrez in the region. He made every effort to create the best wine, looking for high maturity and carrying out a developed and luxurious ageing process in order to ensure maximum visibility to his wine Empire's flagship. Pape Clement's Great Wine has become the best example of what a modern and powerful wine should be thanks to the famous oenologist Michel Rolland, and his great advice. International critics are full of praise for this wine. The famous Robert Parker gave the 2009 white vintage the best tasting notes score of 100/100. Fifteen hectares were added to Pape Clement's estate with the recent “Chateau de Malleprat” acquisition (from which grapes are used for Clementin de Pape second wine). The estate's Great red wine can easily be kept in the cellar for years (8 to 20 years and even more for a harmonious wine). “Pape Clement Blanc” is also a rich wine, with a particularly generous and exotic personality. It can be enjoyed within 3 to 8 years. The estate's second wine, "Le Clementin du Pape Clement”, is mostly made from Merlot for the red cuvee, and is in the same style as the prestige cuvee (red and white), but has to be enjoyed in its youth (within 3 to 8 years for the red, and 2 to 5 years for the white). Pape Clement's best vintages are: 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1990, 1988, 1986.
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