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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Chateau Pape Clement (3 Liter) 2005
Chateau Pape Clement (3 Liter) 2005
(search item no. 121551)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $1,199.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 96 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1986 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1986 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Chateau Pape Clement is one of the brightest stars in the extensive range of vineyards Bernard Magrez owns worldwide. Based in Bordeaux, this great owner has made quality his personal battle. Hence, the care lavished on this land, the exceptional qualities of which have made Pessac's reputation for over seven centuries.

Planted in 1300, the estate is the oldest planted vineyard in the region, when it was presented to Bertrand de Goth upon his appointment as archbishop of Bordeaux, by his brother, Berald. It received its name from Bertrand's papal name, Clement V; on his election in 1306 he gave the estate to his successor as archbishop, Cardinal Arnaud de Canteloup. Bertrand, who would later move the papacy to Avignon near Chateauneuf-du-Pape, planted this original vineyard with red wine grapes.

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About Chateau Pape Clement:

Origins
Château Pape Clément owes its name to its most illustrious owner. A man of the cloth born in 1264, Bertrand de Goth became Bishop of Comminges, in the Pyrenees Mountains, at the age of 31; he later became Archbishop of Bordeaux in 1299.

He then received as a gift the property in Pessac, the Vineyard de La Mothe. Taken by a passion for the vine, he continually took part personally in equipping, organizing and managing the domain in accordance with the most modern and rational practices. Nevertheless, on 5 June 1305 the cardinals met in a conclave in Pérouse and appointed him to succeed Pope Benedict XI, who had passed away prematurely after only eleven months of reign. Bertrand de Goth took the name of Clement V.

Supported by Philip IV, it was he who decided in 1309 to move the papal court to Avignon, thus breaking with Rome and its battles of influence. During this same period, the weight of his responsibilities led him to relinquish his property, giving it to the Archbishop of Bordeaux. Henceforward, the vineyard was to be known to posterity under the name of this enlightened pope.

The early period
Management under the clergy brings modernity The grateful Church perpetuated Pope Clement's work. Each archbishop in turn turned to modernity and technical progress, to the point of the wine estate becoming a model vineyard. In addition to especially early harvests, which remain one of its special characteristics, Château Pape Clément is without a doubt the first vineyard in France to align vine stock to facilitate labour.

After the Revolution
At the end of the 18th century, the Archbishop of Bordeaux was dispossessed of his property. The papal vineyard became part of the public domain.

The 20th century
8 June 1937 was a dark day in the vineyard's history, when a violent hailstorm destroyed virtually the entirety of the estate. Two years later, Paul Montagne bought it and gradually brought it back to life. Thanks to his efforts, the vineyard returned to its former rank and stood up to the surge in urbanization. His descendents, Léo Montagne and Bernard Magrez, perpetuate this secular tradition so that Château Pape Clément wines continue to delight the wine-lovers of today and tomorrow.