Got to try this big guy the other night!
This is a pretty special chateau-- named after its original owner, Pope Clement V, a man famous for moving the Papal court to Avignon (planting the seeds for a different special wine region!) and also for disbanding the Knights Templar under pressure from French King Philip IV.
As the oldest estate in Bordeaux, Chateau Pape Clement clocked vintage #700 in the year 2006. Wine has been made here since before the Dutch drained the Haut-Medoc! Today the chateau produces both red and white wines.
This red is cabernet sauvignon and merlot, with small amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot. The wine was brooding and powerful with distinct aromas of bacon, red peppers, leather and hot earth; on the palate it had relaxed acidity, bark-like tannins and a pepper finish.