With the right terroir and attention to the vines 2007 has the potential to produce big concentrated wines with freshness too. The opposite of what the image of the vintage has for the reds
2007 Pape-Clement, Pessac-Leognan
Interviewed Patrice Hateau, Technical Director of Chateau Pape Clement. Very worried en August and thought it was going to be the worst vintage ever. For those that had the means to spray as much as needed and keep rot under control were able to harvest late and harvest ripe grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc excellent. Petit Verdot suprise this year. Fantastic quality.
Yields stayed same as 2005 and 2006. 100 % new oak. Very long and late harvest in 2007 12 September until 27th September. Employs eight people permanently. 74 acres.
Clementin du Chateau Pape Clement: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit VerdotVery deep coloured black wine with intense blackcurrant aromas and cream. Very concentrated for a second wine. In the same vein as the grand vin. Not lightweight.
Château Pape Clement: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 3% Petit VerdotVery deep in colour. Black fruits – blackcurrant. Dense and concentrated and very tannic structure. A big concentrated wine. The opposite of what you would expect from 2007. Coffee moca developed as the wine opened up. Touch spice from the Petit Verdot. Opulent and ripe.
The white wines this year are outstanding; complex powerful and fullbodied.
Clementin du Chateau Pape Clement: 60% Sauvignon, 35% Semillon, 5% Muscadelle. Concentrated lime and grapefruit flavours
Château Pape Clement: 50% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon, 5% Sauvignon Gris, 5% Muscadelle. More restrained and more Semillon with creamy floral notes and minerality. Dense, intense and very long.