2015 Château Pape Clément Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux Red

St Barth’s Wine

The story of Pope Clement dates back to the 13th century, when Bertrand de Goth, then archbishop of Bordeaux, receives these lands as a gift. Elected Pope in 1306, he took the name of Clement V and renamed his property "Pope Clement" before leaving it to the clergy of Bordeaux, who kept the production for his own consumption. 

After the revolution, the estate has a long succession of owners, which seems to slowly lead to decay, then a painful hail in 1937, which fails to put an end to his legend. Fortunately, the land was bought in 1939 by the agricultural engineer Paul Montagne, who signs the rebirth of the estate by replanting the vineyards and renovating the cellars, before passing his hand to his son Leo. 

As early as 1953, the successful vintages blossom again, but once again, from 1975, an investment deficit has a negative impact on quality for some ten years. It is the arrival in co-ownership of Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux emblematic figure, which will mark in 1985 the definitive return to a high-level production, a boom now supported by the talents of the famous oenologist consultant, Michel Rolland. Grape Varieties: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.

Displaying an ink color. The wine is dense not only by the color but by the aromatic expression which displays a certain radiance. 

Dark fruit dominates the wide aromatic palette mixing burlat cherry and crushed blackberry, all against a background of black pepper and a touch of cedar. 

On the palate, the wine develops gradually, displaying a neat tactile texture, fine not to say creamy in terms of tannins. The tannic grain is worked and the whole is supported by elongated acidic support. 

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