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Château Pape Clément, seven centuries of history

Château Pape Clément, seven centuries of history

Emmanuel Tresmontant - 2009-10-27

It’s hard to imagine what on earth could be grandiose about the Pessac vineyard, wedged and spread between the city of Bordeaux and the motorway… And yet it was there, on these lands of alluvium carried down by the nearby Garonne river, that seven centuries ago the idea of the great red wine of Bordeaux as we see it today germinated: wine that is at once rich and subtle, voluptuous and reserved, sensual and cerebral…

The exceptional terroir of Pape Clément resembles a mosaic of different soils, some gravelly (therefore good for Cabernet), others sandy and clayey (well suited to Merlot)…
Sustainable viticulture, ploughing by Burgundian horse, disbudding, leaf thinning, grassing down, manual grape harvesting, picking of grapes from the bunch one by one, ultramodern cellars… Everything is done to obtain the purest and most natural expression of the terroir and vintage.
For Bernard Magrez, the gem of his “collection” is unquestionably the red Pape Clément 1995, which we had the pleasure of tasting in his Louis XVI dining room; a wine that has reached full maturity, boasting a beautiful dark red colour with a brown sheen. It is captivating to the taste with its smoky, spicy notes that are very typical of the terroir.
* Clement V also encouraged the birth of another very great French vineyard, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, near Avignon.
Château Pape Clément
216, avenue du docteur Nancel Pénard
33600 Pessac
Tel: + 33 (0)5 57 26 38 38

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