2015 Le Cleméntin du Pape Clément, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1314456 88-90 points Vinous

 The 2015 Clémentin de Pape Clément Rouge offers a glimpse into the personality of Pape Clément, one of the great terroirs in Bordeaux. Ample, rich and generous, the 2015 is beautifully textured and supple throughout, with plenty of cherry jam, pomegranate, blood orange and exotic spice overtones. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)  (4/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Le Clementine du Pape Clement is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 40 hectoliters per hectare, picked between September 25 and October 15, with malolactic completed in barrel where it will age for 16 months. It has a fragrant blackberry, bilberry and balsamic-tinged bouquet that seems approachable. (NM)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

A fabulous value-the 2nd wine of Pape Clement froma great vintage-1/3 the price of the 1st wine and well worth every penny.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.