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Lunch at Château Pape Clément, April 2022

Pape Clément is located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation, south-west of the city of Bordeaux. It is ranked Grand Cru Classé (for red wine only) in the 1959 Classification of Graves wine.

Planted in 1300, the estate is the oldest planted vineyard in the region. The vineyard area consists of 32.5 hectares, 30 of which are planted with grape varieties of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The remaining plots are cultivated with white varieties of 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Sémillon and 10% Muscadelle.

The Grand Vin, Chateau Pape Clément, produces an average of 7,000 cases of red wine and 350 cases of dry white wine. It is typically composed of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot making up the remaining third. The wine is aged in oak barrels (almost half being new oak) for a minimum of fourteen months. The non-cru classé white wine will typically be composed of equal amounts of Sauvignon blanc and Sémillon, depending on the vintage. The château also produces two other labels: Le Clémentin du Pape Clément, and Le Prélat du Pape Clément.

Château Pape-Clément is owned by Mr. Bernard Magret who also owns more than forty other wine estates, including Château La Tour Carnet, Château Fombrauge, Clos Haut-Peyraguey. One dozen of his wineries are located out of France.

Wine served: Pâpe Clément (white) 2019 Pâpe Clément (red) 2009 Pâpe Clément (red) 1996 Pâpe Clément (red) 2010

Photos by Wine Gallery

Pape Clement estate hosts many artworks in the Château and in the Garden

Knife rests have the form of a vine shoot and are made of silver

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