Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac Leognan 2008
An impressive wine of great balance and potential, with perfect ripeness enhanced by a sweet bouquet entering drinking window
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Top Rated, Women in Wine
Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals
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Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank
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Château Pape Clément is a Cru Classé Graves property that has one of the oldest documented histories of any Bordeaux vineyard, having been planted in 1300 by Bernard de Groth, the future Pope Clément V. In 1939 the estate was bought by the Montagne family and is now owned and run by Léo Montagne.
Pape Clément is located in the Bordeaux suburb of Pessac and consists of a chai and 32 hectares of vineyards.
The quality of the wines at Pape Clément slipped in the 1960s and 70s, largely because of under-investment. Bernard Magrez was appointed as general manager in 1985 and he turned Pape Clément’s fortunes around. He introduced more rigorous selection in the vineyards, as well as installing stainless steel vats and raising the percentage of new oak casks used in the maturation process.
Pape Clément now produces again one of the finest wines in Pessac-Léognan.
Soil – Clay gravels dating back to the end of the Pliocene epoch and the Quaternary period.
Vineyard management – Parcel based management- Grass grown between the grass, ploughing between vine rows-Integrated pest management, vigor control-Debudding, removal of side shoots,green harvesting-Manual harvest in small crates-Tillage with animal traction – Terra Vitis Label and HVE3 Label (high environmental value 3th level)
Blend – 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Vinification – First sorting in the vineyard, manual harvest in crates. Manual destemming berry by berry and use of a sorting table. Transfer into 30-70 hl wooden vats by gravity flow. Low temperature pre-fermentation maceration. Manual punching down. 30-40 day maceration. The wine is run off into French oak barrels by gravity flow. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels.
Aging – for 18 months in oak barrels.
Sight – A wine of good density ruby red, with brown, mahogany, biscuit hints. It has maintained its luster and clarity. The rim is fairly thick. The tears are fine, clear, abundant and regular.
Smell – At once expressive, forthright and complex. There are notes of all families of fragrance: fruit, flowers, and spices.
Taste – The attack is forthright, round and suave, soothing even. The intense aromas initially recall the complexity of the nose. There is leather and lightly charred wood, and roasted notes. The beauty of the vintage is revealed by its elegance rather than its full-flavor. The wine has an attractive aromatic range with a finish of remarkable elegance.
Robert Parker – 95 points
One of the top successes of the vintage, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was harvested between October 8 and 24. The late harvest ensured perfect ripeness as evidenced by the sweet bouquet of black cherries, lead pencil shavings, cassis and subtle barbecue smoke. Well-balanced with good acidity, ripe tannins, medium to full body and a layered mouthfeel, this excellent 2008 can be drunk now and over the next 15+ years. 2nd May 2011
Wine Enthusiast – 93 points
This is an impressive wine, packed with toast, yellow fruits, spice and richness. There is structure as well, the fruit layered with wood. Great balance and great potential. 4/1/2011
Decanter – 91 points
This is going to need another few years to soften, and the vanillin expression of oak is overpowering at this stage, even after ten years in bottle. It’s an accomplished wine, well structured and with personality, and clear depth of flavour. But this is the first wine in the 2008 lineup where there is a touch of discernible heat through the palate, giving crème de cassis flavours rather than juicy blackcurrant. 01 Jan 2018. Drinking Window 2020 – 2035