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Chateau Pape Clement
Cities may not be particularly associated with winemaking, but Pape Clément is one of several Pessac-Leognan estates that are actually located within the city limits of Bordeaux. In difficult vintages, Pape Clément actually benefits from the slightly warmer urban temperatures. This is also one of the oldest properties in Bordeaux, named in 1305 for its proprietor, Pope Clement V, who inhabited the Chateau during his time as Archbishop.

The vineyard, which covers 32.5 hectares, is composed primarily of gravel and clay soils with some sand. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted on the gravel, while Merlot is reserved for the clay. These two varieties cover most of the vineyard--30 hectares--and are planted at 60% and 40% respectively. The small white vineyard is planted to 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillón and 10% Muscadelle. The wines here are dense and full, typically characterized by notes of raspberry, gravel and exotic woodsmoke.
Chateau Pape Clement is the Grand Vin, of which 7000 cases of red and as few as 350 of white wine are produced each year. Le Clementin du Pape Clement and Le Prelat du Pape Clement are the second wines.

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Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.

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