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Chateau Pape Clement

This is one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux. The vineyards were first planted in the XIIIth century by Bertrand de Goth, the youngest son of a noble family from Bordeaux. He was elected Pope in 1305, during the reign of Philippe le Bel, and took the name of Clément V. Château Pape Clément belonged to the Archbishop of Bordeaux until the French Revolution. Wine has been made here continuously for 7 centuries. 
Location: Pessac.
Area under vine: 32.5 hectares.
Wine grape variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
Age of vines: 30 years.
Vine density: 7,700 vines per hectare.
Terroir: Gravel table of clay dating back to the end of the Pliocene and the Ancient Quaternary.
Viticulture: Guyot double pruning method - sustained viticulture practices - leaf thinning and bunch thinning in several steps. Green cover and horse ploughing.
Winemaking: The grapes are initially sorted in the vineyard, hand-picked into small crates, manualy destemmed, and then put into wooden vats by gravity flow. Cool pre-fermentation maceration. Manual punching down of the cap. The wine is run off directly into new barrels via gravity flow, without any pumping. It is then aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Yield: 30 to 40 hectolitres per hectare.
Mill 2002:
Silver Medal at the 2004 Competition of Paris
Noted 93/100 by Robert Parker
Noted 91/100 by Stephen Tanzer
Mill 2003:
1st/205 at the “Grand Jury Européen”
Silver Medal at the 2005 Competition
of Paris
Noted 94-96/100 by Robert Parker
Noted 93/100 by Wine Spectator 2006
Noted 9/10 by Bettane & Desseauve
***** Revue du Vin de France
Mill 2004:
Gold Medal at the 2006 Competition
of Paris
Noted 92-94/100 by Robert Parker
Noted 18/20 by Bettane & Desseauve
Noted 92/100 by Gault & Millau
Noted 90-91/100 by Stephen Tanzer
*** Decanter
**** Revue du Vin de France
Mill 2005:
Noted 96-100/100 by Robert Parker
**** Decanter
**** Revue du Vin de France
Noted 19/20 by Gault & Millau