96 Points - Neal Martin
The 2016 Pape Clément bursts out of the glass, offering ripe blackberry, raspberry coulis, fresh mint and hints of licorice on the well-defined nose. It is perhaps a little more opulent than its peers, but unlike in the past, I don’t find it excessive. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin. There is a killer line of acidity and real panache toward a velvety, almost Pauillac-like finish armed with shimmering black fruit laced with graphite. Superb.
Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass
The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.
Located in Pessac-Léognan, Château Pape Clément is one of the oldest estates in Bordeaux, with records of vineyard plantings going back to 1300. Today the vineyards are planted predominately with Cabernet Sauvignon (approximately 60%) and Merlot. In 1939 vigneron Paul Montagne took over the château and with the help of the brilliant oenologist Émile Peynaud by 1949 the results of their efforts were starting to show. Following his father’s death, Léo Montagne took over the property with Bernard Magrez (owner of Château La Tour Carne) and they enrolled the help of wine winemaker Michel Rolland as a consultant. Today, Château Pape Clément produces one of the best red wines in Bordeaux. The château also produces a celebrated white wine, Château Pape Clément Blanc which is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle.
Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand.
Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.
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