With seven hectares of vines in a single block, Château Le Pape has a superb terroir in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appelation. The average age of the vines (75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon) is 28 years old. The terroir consists largely of gravel on sand and clay, and a soil survey done in 2012 showed the remarkable potential of each plot.

Tasting notes

The 2016 Le Pape is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon picked from 3-4 September and on 14 October respectively. It is matured in 30% new oak, although my sample contained 50% (which was accounted for in my assessment). It offers plenty of raspberry coulis and crushed strawberry aromas on the nose, the new oak nicely integrated, quite generous and almost opulent in the context of the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a splash of soy on the entry, a keen line of acidity. There is a touch of austerity towards the saline finish, but that will abate by the time it is bottled. This is a fine Château Le Pape from “l’equipe” Haut-Bailly [90-92 Points, Neal Martin – April 2017,]