While 2007 was widely recognised for creating high quality white wines at Chateau Pape Clement, we should not ignore the wonderful red offerings from this prestigious estate!
Chateau Pape Clement found within the Graves appellation is named for its most famous owner, Pope Clement V. After the Archdiocese of Bordeaux was dispossessed of its assets in the late 18th century, the chateau entered the public domain. After a multitude of different owners and suffering a variety of setbacks, an agricultural engineer named Paul Montagne began restoring the estate to produce high quality wines. It is now owned by Bernard Magrez.
The estate produces grows 30 hectares of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot vines for its red wines and 2.5 hectares of 45% Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscadelle for its white wines.
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.
Medium ruby-red. Exotic aromas of currant, plum, tobacco, minerals, smoke and spices, complicated by hints of cherry-cola and pepper. At once generous and juicy, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic character and a strong impression of soil to the flavors of candied redcurrant, tobacco and spices. Finishes broad and long, with a fine dusting of sweet tannins. Very strong for the year.
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