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Château Pape Clément 2016

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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. Balancedfresh and unctuous in the mouth, the wine is full of energy and tension. Its persistent finish reveals flavours of exotic fruits, bergamot and hawthorn.

Parker : 95+ / 100
J. Robinson : 16,5 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The Pape Clement 2016 Blanc is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Sémillon, 9% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Muscadelle. It leaps from the glass with gregarious scents of ripe peaches, fresh grapefruit and key lime pie plus touches of cedar, honeysuckle and toast. Medium-bodied, the palate offers fantastic precision and depth, with layers of citrus and stone fruit flavors supported by a racy line of freshness, finishing very long.
Bordeaux
Grape varieties
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Dessert wine
No

Environment
Sustainable viticulture

J. Robinson
16,5

J. Suckling
94

Wine Spectator
91-94

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Vineyard
Graves

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation

Color
White

Producer
Château Pape Clément

Sweetness
Dry white wines

Parker
95+

Allergens
Contains sulphites