From the Francois Mitjavile stable. This fruit comes from a separate sister estate to Roc des Cambes, located within St Emilion but eschewing any formal classification. Much like its sibling there is again the haunting echo of Pinot Noir-like elegance and aromatic grace. All the elements are tenderly knit together.
The 2015 Domaine de Cambes, from François Mitjavile of Tertre Rôteboeuf, has an extremely pure bouquet: vibrant, almost shimmering red and black fruit with superb tension, a touch of rose petal in the background. The palate is soft and rounded on the entry, a touch of sea salt on the tip of the tongue, moderate weight in the mouth with pencil lead notes infusing the black fruit towards the sedate finish. I can imagine this drinking after 2-3 years, but as a recent vertical proved, Domaine de Cambes has a propensity to give a decade's worth of drinking pleasure, so don't be afraid of laying this down. Drink: 2018 - 2028
From the stony stretch next to the Gironde below Roc de Cambes vineyard. Rich and round. Quite unlike any other AOC Bordeaux. Very fine tannins. Hint of game. Black fruits too. Good Value Drink 2019-2025
François Mitjavile insists that the 2015 Domaine des Cambes is not a second wine. Fair enough. Unctuous, racy and exotic, the 2015 offers up a compelling mélange of crème de cassis and black cherry fruit. Domaine des Cambes is made predominantly from Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Franc grown on the lower slopes of the property, exactly where the ripeness of the vintage is most accentuated. Today the volatile acidity is a bit pronounced and the wine needs time to come together, but it is full of personality and super-distinctive. What else is new?
Super-ripe black cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and spice notes abound in the 2015 Domaine des Cambes. Plush on the palate, with silky tannins and no hard edges, the 2015 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is another heady, exotically rich 2015 from François Mitjavile. Domaine des Cambes is predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc from clay/limestone soils on the lower slopes of the property. -- Antonio Galloni 91 Drink Dates 2020 - 2030
(70 Merlot, 30 Cabernet Sauvignon and some Malbec in there, too) Smoother, lighter and fresher than l’Aurage, this is a fresh red fruit cocktail with delicious tenderness and a soothing, calming, cooling palate. Lovely and balanced this is a charming wine and it is already into its stride with completely assimilated tannins.
When the Romans first planted a few vines on the limestone outcrops of St Emilion in the early years of the first century, and tasted what was, by all accounts, rather thin, bitter wine, they can hardly have imagined that the region's greatest red wines would become the most sought afterfine wines in the world. From the days in the seventeenth century when the then owners of Ch Haut Brion, the de Pontac family, became the first to export to the UK, selling their wine in their own tavern, the Pontac's Head, red Bordeaux or claret has been the Englishman's favourite. The wines of the 1855 Classification are merely the tip of the iceberg. Bordeaux AC accounts for about half of all wine produced in the area, from vineyards outside the regional or communal appelations and often blended by the negociant houses. Simpler beasts these although still clearly related to their more illustrious cousins - relatively light and fresh, full of fruit, with soft tannins making for delicious, and good value, early drinking.