An elegant red from Pessac-Leognan
Produced on a 6.7 hectare vineyard in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, Chateau Pape Clement is grown from vines that are 26 years old (on average). The vines are planted on a bed of Pyrenean clay and gravel. Wine is aged on fine lees and stirred regularly for 16 months. The 2016 vintage is composed of Sauvginon Blanc 55% and Semillon 45%.
After a mild and rain-filled winter, spring was quite cool and wet. These difficult weather conditions led to a slowed-development for the grapes. During a very small window of opportunity, budding began. After June 20th, summer set in and turned out to be hot and dry. At the end of July, there was a significant water deficit. September 13th, was the end of the heat and drought. Just in time to allow the grapes to mature perfectly. The white grapes were harvested from September 12th - 27th with magnificent weather.
Chateau Pape Clement 2016 has an aromatic intensity, with fragrances of exotic fruits and grapefruit zest. After aeration, notes of flowers and minerality develop. Balanced, fresh and unctuous in the mouth, the wine is full of energy and tension. Its persistent finish reveals flavours of exotic fruits, bergamot and hawthorn.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Pape Clement Blanc is a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Sémillon that was cropped at 45 hectoliters per hectare between 12-27 September. It has quite an understated bouquet, stony and a little distant at first but then opening up with lime flower, kiwi fruit and a touch of limestone. The palate is fresh on the entry, the Sauvignon Blanc driving this Pape Clement along, perhaps less flamboyant and viscous in style than previous vintages, but I appreciate the tautness and delineation here, the persistent and slightly saline finish. This is excellent.