Château Le Pape

In the spring of 2013 I found myself once again in Bordeaux, ready to get to grips with the latest vintage during a week of primeur tastings. Working my way through Pessac-Léognan I eventually came, at midday, to Château Haut-Bailly not just to taste the result of all their efforts in the 2012 vintage, but also to take advantage of a fifteen-vintage vertical they had promised me, to celebrate fifteen years of ownership by Robert Wilmers (1934 – 2017). These are, after all, opportunities one simply can’t turn down.

Château Le Pape

You might think the talking point of the tasting would be whether the 2005 vintage was superior to the 2000, or how the under-rated 1998 vintage stacked up against the 1996. As it turned out though, the real buzz concerned the recent purchase by Robert of Château Le Pape, an estate hidden just around the corner from Château Haut-Bailly.

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