Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux 2019 93V
Often close in quality to the same owner's top Saint Emilion, Le Tertre Roteboeuf. This Cotes de Bourg is head and shoulders the best wine of the appellation and very much a wine for those "in the know". A right bank wine, yet only 4 or 5 kilometres from Chateau Margaux as the crow flies. This vineyard is a south facing slope with well ventilated vines. 20% of Cabernet Sauvignon vines here are over 50 years old.
Sitting in the lesser-known Côtes de Bourg appellation, across the water from the more prestigious First Growth châteaux, Roc de Cambes is one of Bordeaux’s hidden stars. Grapes have been grown here, where the Dordogne hits the Gironde, since Roman times and were once highly prized before the marshlands of the Médoc were drained. Roc de Cambes can be dated back to the 14th century, but remained more or less obscured until it was purchased in 1988 by François Mitjavile, renowned for his Tertre Roteboeuf Grand Cru in St-Emilion. It is now one of the top estates in the appellation and easily commands the highest prices. François recognised the fine soils and terroir of Roc de Cambes and planted the 12 hectare estate with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon plus a little Malbec. His winemaking style is akin to that at Tertre Roteboeuf; vigour is tightly controlled and grapes are handpicked only when they are very, or even over, ripe to impart the wine’s signature charm and finesse.
If you like Roc de Cambes, consider their other wine Domaine de Cambes.
93 Antonio Galloni Vinous
92 94 Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2019 Roc de Cambes has come together beautifully since I tasted it en primeur. The balance of dark red cherry/plum fruit and blood orange is so intriguing. The 2019 bristles with energy, much of it surely attributable to the 20% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. 2024 - 2039" Antontio Galloni
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