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Chateau Clement Pichon History, Overview
The history of what we know of as Chateau Clement Pichon makes it one of the older estates in Bordeaux as it dates all the way back to the 1300’s. At the time, it was known as La Motte Caupene. Over the centuries, the estate has been owned by a myriad of families including the Alesme family, who attached their name to Marquis d’Alesme in Margaux and the Pichon family. I’m quite sure the Pichon family name sounds familiar to most readers, as they were the original founders of what later became two of the more famous, Second Growth estates of similar names in Pauillac, Chateau Pichon Baron and Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande.
Chateau Clement Pichon is owned by the Fayat family that also count among their holdings, Chateau La Dominique in St. Emilion as well as another estate in the Right Bank, Chateau Fayat in Pomerol. At the time of the purchase by the Fayat family in 1976, the estate was known as Chateau de Parempuyre. Chateau de Parempuyre was named after its location, a small, suburb in Bordeaux.
After the purchase, the property was renamed to include the name of its new owner, Clement Fayat. However, that was not the initial name that was chosen. Clement Fayat wanted to name the estate Chateau Pichon. A lawsuit was filed by the owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande, due to the potential confusion in the marketplace as both wines would be similar in name and were from the Medoc. An agreement was reached and the property took on the new name of Chateau Clement Fayat.
The chateau, created in 1881, was designed by the same architect that built Chateau Lanessan. The showy, almost Gothic looking chateau only dates back to 1881 because the previous building was completely destroyed by a fire. Interestingly, 100 years after the chateau was built, in 1981, the estate purchased by the Fayat family. As soon as the purchase was finalized, the Fayat family began doing extensive renovations starting with the vineyard, which was completely replanted. The next step was to bring in Michel Rolland as their consultant.
Chateau Clement Pichon Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 25 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Clement Pichon is planted to 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. This shows a marked increase in the amount of Merlot planted in the vineyard and a decrease in the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The vines are close to 30 years of age. On average, the vines are planted to a density of 6,900 vines per hectare. However, newer plants show an increase in the vine density, as they are between 7,000 and 8,000 vines per hectare. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, sand and clay based soils.
To produce the wine of Chateau Clement Pichon, the wine is vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactac fermentation takes place in tank. On average, the wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 16 months before bottling.
Chateau Clement Pichon makes a second wine, La Motte de Clement Pichon. Chateau Clement Pichon produces close to 12,000 cases of Bordeaux wine per year.
When to Drink Chateau Clement Pichon, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Clement Pichon needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Clement Pichon is usually better with at least 6-9 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Clement Pichon offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-14 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Clement Pichon with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Clement Pichon is best served at 15 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Clement Pichon is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Clement Pichon is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Clement-Pichon Wine Tasting Notes
6 Vintages 11126 Views Sort Vintage Rating
Smoky black cherries lead you to a medium-bodied wine with a shot of oak that is in front of the fruit. On the palate, the wine is short but charming with good sweetness.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 819 Views
Simple, easy drinking, correct, fruity, earthy wine for early drinking pleasure. 85 - 87 Pts
Apr 26, 2016points - Tasted 1117 Views
Produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this wine has notes medium body, an early-drinking personality and notes of coffee bean, earth and black raspberry. 84-86 Pts
Apr 21, 2015points - Tasted 1366 Views
From 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is deep in color with an oaky, tobacco presence in the black cherry finish. 84-86 Pts
Apr 23, 2014points - Tasted 1030 Views
Approachable, with sweet black fruits, licorice, cocoa and hints of jam, you can drink this round, deep colored, tasty wine now, or age it for a few more years.
May 7, 2014points - Tasted 3053 Views
Seductive black cherries, jam, smoke, licorice and chocoalte in a forward style, delivers a lot of bang for the buck. I'd drink this by the time it hits its 10th birthday as it's not built for long term aging.
May 7, 2014points - Tasted 3741 Views