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Chateau Pape-Clement

ch-pape-clement.jpgSince its acquisition (through marriage) by Bernard Magrez, Pape-Clement, in the sprawling suburb of Pessac, has become one of the star properties of Bordeaux.  Pape-Clement is named for one of its early owners, Bertrand de Goth, who acquired it in 1299 and became Pope Clement V in 1305 (and who is best-remembered for shifting the papacy from Rome to Avignon in the French countryside).

Located a few kilometres from Haut-Brion and La Mission, it shares similar soils, essentially varying proportions of gravel, clay, pebbles and sand.  There are 30 hectares of red vineyards, planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, and a small amount of white varieties planted separately.pape-clement-sign.jpg

Yields are low - around 30 hl/ha - and the entire crop is destemmed by hand.  A three day cold soak under dry ice is employed before the grapes are fermented over nearly a month in large wooden vats.  Malolactic fermentation and around 18 months ageing is in 80-90% new oak with regular batonnage.  The wine is then assembled and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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