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2022 Château Pape Clement En Primeur

Since lockdown, Bernard Magrez has gotten into the habit of sending us a beautiful presentation case with cask samples from his five eclectic properties, including Pape Clement.  The 2022 samples arrived just a couple of weeks ago.  We have been a bit sniffy (no pun intended) about the style of Magrez's wines in the past, with their generous use of new oak, but the 2022s were delightful and very impressive, with Pape Clement at their pinnacle.  Dunnuck describes says the 2022 will "rank with the crème de la crème of the vintage and is well worth seeking out. (96-98+ points)". 

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to order.

Offered en primeur, on allocation.  Landing spring 2025.

Magnums available with £15 ex-VAT bottling surcharge, please enquire for other formats.

All previous offers of 2022 Bordeaux can be found here.


Château Pape Clément, Pessac-Leognan

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Château Pape Clément, Pessac-Leognan

Château Pape Clément is a Grand Cru Classé de Graves estate in the communes of Pessac-Léognan.  The first recorded harvest here was in 1252.  The estate was gifted to Pope Clement V after his accession in 1305 (he had previously been archbishop in Bordeaux and was known for an interest in wine).  Subsequently Clement V moved his court to Avignon, leading to the establishment of Châteauneuf-du-Pape as a wine.  

Pape Clément remained the property of the Arch Bishops of Bordeaux until the late 18th century.  In the 1970s, Bordeaux merchant Bernard Magrez (and owner of Domaine de Chevalier) first bought shares in the estate, taking full ownership in 1980. 

52 hectares are planted with red varieties; 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.  7 hectares are dedicated to white varieties; 48.5% Sémillon, 44.5% Sauvignon Blanc, 5.5% Sauvignon Gris and 1.5% Muscadelle.  In the last decade precision viticulture has been introduced, including drone technology.  


RED 2022 Château Pape Clement 75cl £750 per case of 12 Château Pape Clement
2022 / / 75cl
£750 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2022 Pape Clement is shaping up to be a gem. Deep, pliant and layered in the glass, the 2022 possesses notable energy and vibrancy to play off its core of rich, sumptuous fruit. Soft, plush contours wrap it all together. Time in the glass brings out notable energy, especially as the mid-palate opens into the gorgeous, palate-staining finish. The 2022 is unusual in that it is 60% Merlot, rather than the more typical blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasted three times. 93-96 points" Antonio Galloni,"A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2022 Domaine de Chevalier delivers aromas of minty dark berries, cherries and ripe plums mingled with hints of licorice, coniferous forest and spices. Medium to full-bodied, it’s concentrated and layered, textured and elegant, framed by powdery tannins and concluding with a long, penetrating, long finish. Olivier Bernard and his team have crafted an outstanding wine that will bear a special label commemorating his 40th vinification at this Péssac-Léognan reference point. 94-96 points" Yohan Castaing,"Showing how it's done in 2022, Domaine de Chevalier comes in strong with a deep ruby red colour, a vibrant rim, smoked oak on the nose, edges of tar, red roses, liquorice root, and a confident delivery of full-on tannic architecture that frames the cassis and bilberry fruit. Delivers vintage signature in a carefully controlled way, with enough slate, pummice stone, mint and eucalyptus to balance things out and slow down delivery. The fruits are fully ripe, heading towards baked plum and fig, but met step by step with a corresponding cooling flavour. 40th harvest of Olivier Bernard (meaning a special label). 96 points""The 2022 Domaine de Chevalier was picked from 5-30 September and represents the 40th vintage under the irrepressible Olivier Bernard, who celebrates with a one-off label. It soars from the glass with take-no-prisoner aromatics: perfumed mineral-rich red berry fruit, incense and black truffle. Pessac-like earthiness with an opposing airiness defines many a great wine from this estate. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins. Slightly powdery in texture and saline in the mouth, this gets the saliva flowing. However, the arching structure on the finish suggests it will require considerable bottle age. Cellar this for a couple of decades, and you'll be repaid handsomely. 14% alcohol. 2034-2075. 95-97 points" Neal Martin,"A full-bodied, concentrated, awesome Pessac, the 2022 Château Pape Clément offers up loads of spiced red and black fruits, some leafy tobacco, gravelly earth, and graphite aromatics, building, ripe, polished tannins, and a stacked mid-palate. Beautifully done, with remarkable purity and a great finish, it's going to rank with the crème de la crème of the vintage and is well worth seeking out. 96-98+ points""Wow. This is incredibly structured and powerful with ultra-fine tannins that are tight and layered. It’s full and powerful with carved muscles of tannins. This will need so much time. 98-99 points"

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