Château Pape Clément, the classified Grand Cru de Graves.
Chateau Pape Clément or Castle Pape Clément is a Bordeaux wine from the Pessac-Léognan title, ranked among the Grands Crus Classé for red and white wine in the Classification of Graves of 1959. It is the oldest wine estate in Bordeaux, harvesting its 700th vintage in 2006.
The winery and vineyards are located in the cooperative of Pessac, south-west of the city of Bordeaux. When the estate was excluded from the initial graves classification of 1953 it caused some argument.
Astounding history of Chateau Pape Clément
Planted in 1300, this estate is the foremost 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 obtained its name from Bertrand’s papal name, Clement V; on his election in 1306, he gave this estate to his successor as an archbishop, Cardinal Arnaud de Canteloup. Bertrand, who would later move the church to Avignon near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, planted this original vineyard with red wine grapes.
Grapes of white wine were planted across the river near the town of Lormont. The vineyard remained in the possession of archbishops of Bordeaux until the Revolution, when it was associated and sold as abien national.
Chateau Pape Clément is one of the oldest Grands Crus in the entire Bordeaux region. The vineyard was planted in the 13th century by Bertrand de Goth, who went on to become Pope Clement V. The estate proud itself on in pride having produced wine on the same land for 7 centuries.
Rich in history, Château Pape Clément is also proud of its beautiful park, architecture and arts, as the beautiful glasshouse built by Gustave Eiffel. Several tours & travels are available, every day (Sunday included), on a reservation.
Exciting Vineyards tour in Chateau Pape Clément
The tour includes a visit of the vineyards, the vast room (fully renovated), the ageing cellars, the grounds. It ends with the tasting in the attractive boutique, where furniture comes from an old pharmacy and where you can discover all the wines from M.Magrez’s nearly 40 properties around the world! To complete the experience, enjoy a night in one of the 5 rooms of the Castle, typical of the “Art de Vivre French”!
Decorated with 19th-century furniture, the rooms also have modern facilities like flat-screen TV and Nespresso coffee maker. Made of marble, the private bathrooms come with a bath, free restrooms and a hairdryer.
Extras include ironing facilities and a fan. Breakfast is homemade by the castle’s chef and includes bread, pastries, fresh fruit, homemade jam and yoghurt. Upon reservation, wine tastings and gastronomic evening meals are accessible.
At Château Pape Clément, you will find a garden and a terrace. Other facilities offered include meeting possibilities and a shared lounge. Arcachon Bay is 30 km away and the property offers free parking. Mérignac Airport is 8 km away.