|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Blaye & Bourg|
|Village||Côtes de Bourg|
Made by François Mitjavile, who is perhaps better known for Tertre Roteboeuf in St Emilion, Roc de Cambes is a 12 hectare vineyard with very old vines that overlooks the Gironde in the Côtes de Bourg. The blend is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec and on the day we tasted it was embarrissingly good compared to some of the Grands Vins in the same line up. Very refined sweet fruit but not over ripe (helped by being on the edge of a cool estuary). Delicate tannins, super tensile length. L&S (May 2021)
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The 2020 Roc de Cambes opens with a huge bouquet of scorched earth, tar, licorice, gravel and incense. A rich, explosive wine, this is going to need at least a few years to come together, but it is impressive even in the early going. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, spice, leather and floral accents linger on the substantial finish. There is a lot of wine here. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jun 2021)
The 2020 Roc de Cambes has a glorious , irresistible bouquet of ravishing dark cherries, blueberry, crushed violets and incense aromas; the oak here is very nicely enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied and finely tuned, displaying supple tannins and a silky texture. There is wonderful harmony and palpable energy toward the finish. This actually challenges Tertre-Rôteboeuf, as if to say, why should you take the gold medal every year? It's that good. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2021)
The perfume is astounding on this succulent wine with coffee beans, dark chocolate, Mirabelle plums and blackberry jelly confounding the senses. The oak is typically strident, too, with lashings of carpentry jousting with the fully ripe fruit. Of course, it is all in balance in spite of the overt enthusiasm of the components and, in common with the finer wines of this vintage, there is a cool, refreshing, mint-spiked finish that snaps the palate back into shape. While this may not be the most detailed Roc de Cambes in recent vintages it certainly provides a lot of fun on the palate and I applaud its generosity and joie de vivre. Rating: 17.5+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (May 2021)
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