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Château Pape Clément - Pessac-Léognan - Rouge - 2018


Country / Region: Bordeaux

Vintage: 2018

Name: AOP Pessac-Léognan

Grape variety: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 14.5 vol.

Color: Red

Capacity: 75 cl


Domaine rated 4 stars in the Guide Bettane et Desseauve 2022
Guide B+D: 18/20
Robert Parker : 96+/100


The 2018 Red Pessac-Léognan Château Pape-Clément is a total success! Rated 96+/100 by Parker, it imposes its power and amplitude within a phenomenally fresh framework. The luxurious aging, with 60% new oak, carries the wine in its length and leaves plenty of room for the fruit, delivering a pure aromatic profile with notes of blond tobacco, rose, tea, and macerated fruits. The perfectly integrated tannins and overall freshness give this wine incredible energy. It will, of course, need some aging. "Certainly one of the most beautiful Pape-Cléments in history," as stated by Bettane+Desseauve, 18/20.


Hand harvesting, manual destemming, gravity-fed wooden vats of 30 to 70 hl. Pre-fermentation maceration at low temperature: 8°C.
Malolactic fermentation carried out in barrels (2/3 new and 1/3 of one wine), then aging for 18 months in French oak barrels (90%) and large oak casks (10%).


Intensely red.


Aromas of rose and tea mixed with notes of blond tobacco and macerated fruit.


Full-bodied and powerful, this freshly woven cuvée delivers a perfectly fruity, energetic palate with smooth tannins.


Serve between 16 and 18°C.

Food and wine pairing:

Grilled lamb chops, duck aiguillettes, pork sauté with chanterelles and porcini mushrooms.

Cellar aging:

From now until 2028

Historic property in Pessac-Léognan, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, Château Pape-Clément reigns supreme in the realm of Bordeaux's great wines. As a perfectionist, Bernard Magrez has elevated it to the highest level, carefully tending to the aging process and propelling the estate to the pinnacle of its potential.

In the wines of Château Pape-Clément, there is a consistency that is rarely found elsewhere because this estate provides a clear definition of its terroir, with a precise and truffle-like character, an unmatched texture, and silkiness. It is the very essence of a great Pessac wine!