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Pape Clement 2018

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Bordeaux
France
2018
14.5%
Pape Clement
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Named after its most famous owner, Pope Clement V, Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan makes both red and white wine from their 32.5 hectare vineyard. Vineyards for the red wine is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, while the soils here are a complex mix of gravel and clay over a base of clay, limestone and sandstone. Maturation takes place in 100% new French oak, and while Bernard Magrez has refined the style since taking over winemaking duties the wines are still rich and lush in style with a concentration of ripe fruit.
Dense pitch black at its core with a deep red black hue. Soaring aromatics of blackcurrant, violet and red liquorice fill the nostrils followed by some dusty vanillin cedar, tobacco, dried herb and spice notes. Rich blackcurrant, liquorice and ripe blueberry fruits are supported by a matrix of finely knit yet firm tannins. Spicy vanillin cedar, earthy graphite like characters, tobacco and subtle dried herb elements also chime in to create additional complexity. Beautiful balance between all of the components with the very long and refined finish continuing to build momentum.
Cellar 10-12 years.

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Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

An oasis of green, this grand estate within the Bordeaux suburbs has produced a powerful, massively textured wine. It also has the fruit richness to partner the structure along with a fresher streak of acidity. The wine will age, so drink from 2026.

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