This is one of the oldest great growths in Bordeaux. The vineyards were first planted in the 13th century by Bertrand de Goth, the youngest son of a noble family from Bordeaux. He was elected Pope in 1305, during the reign of Philippe le Bel, and took the name of Clément V. Château Pape Clément belonged to the Archbishop of Bordeaux until the French Revolution. Wine has been made here continuously for 7 centuries.
Location : Pessac
Area under vine : 32,5 hectares
Wine grape variety : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot covering 30 hectares
Age of vines : 30 years
Vine density : 7 700 vines per hectare
Viticulture : Guyot double pruning method - ecologically minded viticultural practices - leaf thinning and bunch thinning.
Winemaking : The grapes are initially sorted in the vineyard, hand-picked into small crates, manually destemmed, and then put into wooden vats by gravity flow. Cool pre-fermentation maceration. Manual punching down of the cap. The wine is run off directly into new barrels via gravity flow, without any pumping. It is then aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.
Yield : 25 to 40 hl per hectare
Second wine : Le Clémentin du Pape Clément