Château Pape Clément
Grand Cru Classé de Graves
Grape varieties: Sauvignon 45%, Sémillon 45%, Muscadelle 5% and Sauvignon gris 5%
Soil type: Gravel table of clay dating from the end of the Pliocene and theAncient Quaternary.
Average age of vines: 30 years
Area under vine: 32.5 hectares (of which 2.5 hectares of white)
Vine density: 7,700 vines per hectare
Viticulture: Guyot double pruning method - ecologically-minded viticultural practices - leaf thinning and bunch thinning.
Wine making: The grapes are initially and successively sorted in the vineyard, hand-picked into small crates, and then sorted again in the vat room. They are neither destemmed nor crushed. Gentle pressing of whole grapes, with a gradual increase in pressure. The wine is run off by gravity flow in new French oak barrels for decanting and fermentation. Ageing on the fine lees for 10-12 months.
Yield: 30 to 40 hectolitres per hectare