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Chateau Pape Clement

Directly from the cellars of Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan, I have secured several cases of the amazing 2012 Vintage, which has been described as “The Wine of the Vintage” I have had this wine on 4 occasions and it is truly stunning. Rivaling it’s First Growth neighbor, Chateau Haut Brion…..but at a fraction of the cost. The provenance could not be better. These cases have been resting comfortably in thier home cellar and will be shipped refrigerated directly to our cellar here at WPW. If you love Bordeaux, this is a MUST HAVE
ADDITION to your collection.

THE WINE WILL ARRIVE IN 30-40 DAYS
PACKED IN THE ORIGINAL WOOD CASE
PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR ORDER
QUANTITIES ARE LIMITED

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Chateau Pape Clement in Pessac Leognan, is named after its most famous owner, Pope Clement V. Château Pape Clément is one of the Oldest Grands Crus de Bordeaux. It was in 1305, Bertrand de Goth, under the name of Clement V, entered in Avignon, a city he had chosen to install the papal court. Archbishop of Bordeaux, Bertrand de Goth became Pope in 1305 under the name of Clement V. The estate took its name from this unique French Pope and its wine became an icon. Bertrand de Goth, appointed Archbishop of Bordeaux in 1299, received on this occasion the vineyards of La Mothe, property in Pessac. He managed the estate and made it bigger. Appointed in 1305 by the conclave to succeed Benedict XI, he became Pope under the name of Clement V. Because of his new position, he had then to give away the estate to the Archbishop of Bordeaux and took the name “Pape Clement”. From this day, the estate has been well managed, with continuity and quality for almost five centuries, its limited production being reserved mainly for the use of the archdiocese. By the French Revolution, the estat, went in the public domain, with successful owners. Jean-Baptiste Clerc, who acquired Château Pape Clément in 1858 expanded the vineyard to 37 ha, and thanks to his bright management, strengthened the quality of wines which then come right behind the ones of Haut-Brion. At the end of the XIXth century, Château Pape Clement wines are sold at the same price as the 2nd Grands Crus Classés of Médoc.

 

*2012 Chateau Pape Clement Pessac Leognan
$109.99btl/$1319.88 per case OWC
(Robert Parker 97)

The iconic 2012 Pape Clement is a candidate for near-perfection as well as one of the wines of the vintage. From proprietor Bernard Magrez, this is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. This extraordinary vineyard (a few miles to the west of Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion) has hit all the highlights of this vintage. Interestingly, the quality of the Pomerols and Graves wines in 2012 is closer to what one would consider a great vintage than the general image of 2012. This is truly great wine and not far off their magnificent 2005 and 2010. Full-bodied, with rich cassis, subtle burning embers and spice followed by velvety, well-integrated tannins, the wine is lush, expansive, savory and profound. This is a remarkable wine that could be drunk at a reasonably young age, but should cellar brilliantly for a quarter-century. Yields were modest at 37 hectoliters per hectare from this 132-acre estate. The alcohol level came in at 13.5%.