Chateau Pape Clement 2009

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Château Pape Clément is one of the oldest Grands Crus of Bordeaux. The vineyard - the first harvests took place in 1252 - was planted by Bertrand de Goth, the Archbishop of Bordeaux. De Goth became Pope in 1305 under the name of Clement V, hence the name of the wine. Pape Clement is from the Graves region of Bordeaux and is generally a wine of good density, ruby red in colour, with brown, mahogany, biscuit hints. The bouquet is expressive, forthright and complex. There are notes of all families of fragrance: fruit, flowers, and spices. The taste is forthright, round and suave, and is even said to be soothing! Pepe Clement is generally known for its elegance rather than its full-flavor. Which is to say, this isn't an Australian Shiraz! The blend is made up of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc.

2009 was an excellent vintage in Bordeaux, and Pape Clement did well. The wine is rich and muscular, with exotic roasted spices, braised fig and warm raspberry notes that are supported by a base of dark cocoa, tar and freshly brewed coffee. Average critics' scores are in the 94 point range.