Château Pape Clement 2012, it is probably the wine of the vintage in Bordeaux. Hailed unanimously by the critics, Robert Parker awarded him the mark of 97/100, considering him at the height of the fantastic 2010 and 2005...
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Wine Advocate97/100 Wine Spectator94/100 J. Robinson17,5/20 J. Suckling93/100
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Château Pape Clément, property of Bernard Margez, is located in Pessac-Léognan, a few kilometers from Bordeaux. The 63-hectare vineyard of the Pessac-Léognan appellation is one of the owner's jewels. For more than 750 years, the estate has been producing powerful, refined and sumptuous wines of a timeless style.
RED VARIETIES: Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (40%), Cabernet Franc (1%)
white varieties : Semillon (45%), Sauvignon Blanc (45%), Muscadelle (10%)
PRUNING METHOD : Guyot-Poussard
HARVESTING : Manual
VINIFICATION : Wooden vats, oak barrels, stainless steel/concrete vats
MATURING : Barrels between 12 and 18 months
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Château Pape Clément, is to dive into 7 centuries of history. It begins with the first harvests in 1252. At that time, the property was called "Domaine de la Mothe". In December 1299, Gaillard de Goth, son of a famous family from the south of Bordeaux, buys the estate at the request of his brother, Bertrand, just appointed Archbishop of Bordeaux.
A few years later, Bertrand de Goth becomes Pope and takes the name of Pope Clement V. A few days before his death in 1306, Gaillard bequeathed the estate to his brother, Pope Clement V, who thus gave his name to the château. Until 1309, the pope continued to manage his vineyard with care, but due to his pontifical responsibilities, he was no longer able to do so and decided to donate the estate to the archbishopric of Bordeaux, which made the Pape Clément estate a model property. Pope Clement V died in 1314 and the archbishopric of Bordeaux remained the owner until the French Revolution in 1789. However, during the French Revolution, the property was confiscated by the revolutionaries, then sold at auction in 1791.
In the meantime, the estate knew several owners, but in 1858, Jean-Baptiste Clerc acquires the property and becomes one of the owners marking the history of the estate. In 1864, he had the current Neo-Gothic style castle built. During the same year, he also replanted 30 hectares of vines. Thanks to these investments, the property received the great ministerial medal awarded at the end of the contest of the most remarkable vineyard. As a result, Château Pape Clément became one of the most renowned vineyards in the Gironde.
In June 1937, a hail storm hit the region and devastated the estate's vines. Two years later, the estate is taken over by Paul Montagne, an agricultural engineer and future mayor of Pessac. He restores the vineyard and the winery to their rightful place. The year 1959 marked the culmination of his efforts and the quality of the Grand Vin, during the classification of the Grands Crus Classés de Graves.
During the 1980s, Bernard Magrez, an entrepreneur with a passion for wine, takes over the château. With the help of the famous oenologist Michel Rolland, they offer a new development to château Pape Clément and a high level of production. In 2003, a new barrel cellar opens its doors followed by the renovation of the vat room in 2007. Today, Bernard Magrez continues to make Château Pape Clément shine and perpetuates the heritage passed on by Pope Clement V.
Estate located in the south of Bordeaux in the Pessac Léognan appellation. The vineyard benefits from gravelly-sandy, clayey-limestone soils as well as a limestone subsoil rich in iron. The terroir of the château also has the particularity of being located on the oldest alluvial terraces, called the "Pyrenean gravel layer". The diversity of this terroir is perfectly adapted to the different grape varieties of the estate which are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle for the whites.
Committed to protecting the environment as well as preserving the biodiversity of the vineyard, the teams favor manual work such as animal traction (mainly by horses but also by oxen), fermentations are done in a natural way (indigenous yeasts) and vinification in clay. The use of drone to follow the evolution of the vegetative cycle of the vine also allows to reconcile technical, agronomic, environmental and qualitative progress.
Chateau Pape Clement is also certified with level three High Environmental Value, which according to the French government is the highest environmental distinction. Moreover, its association with terra Vitis allows the château to recognize its points of vigilance and to bring solutions.
During the harvest, the grapes are picked by hand and put into 10 to 12 kilo crates. The teams carry out a first sorting in the vineyard, picking only the best bunches. Then, when arriving at the winery, a second manual selection takes place on the sorting tables in order to choose the grapes at optimal maturity.
Once finished, the grapes are vatted in small wooden vats. A pre-fermentation maceration at low temperature will allow the extraction of the aromas. Manual punching of the cap will then take place during the long maceration (30 to 40 days). The malolactic fermentation is carried out in barrels, as well as for the ageing, 18 months in 70% new barrels. The second wine will be aged for 12 months in 30% new barrels.
Château Pape Clément has a style of its own, reflecting its terroir with powerful yet refined reds and equally sumptuous whites with great minerality and smoky notes.
Château Pape Clément Grand Cru Classé de Graves red is a concentrated, fine and harmonious wine with a beautiful aromatic palette. It has a ruby red color, an expressive and complex nose and in the mouth, a frank, round and suave attack. It is a wine with a beautiful aromatic amplitude and a remarkable elegance on the finish.
Château Pape Clément Grand Vin de Graves Blanc is one of the best dry white wines of Bordeaux. With an aromatic palette as beautiful as the red, this wine with a yellow color has an expressive and intense nose with fruity notes of citrus. The mouth is rather frank, round and generous, marked by the minerality of the soil in the finish.
The estate also produces a second wine, Le Clémentin de Pape Clément in red and white. Clémentin Grand Vin de Graves red is an intense, refined wine with a dark color. We notice nice smoky notes on the nose and a good tannic structure on the palate. Clémentin Grand Vin de Graves White is made in the same way as the Grand Vin. The attack is dense, with a nice body. It is a very full and dense wine based on Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.