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80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. A sister property to Roc de Cambes, with vines planted on the flat terraces below the slopes of the Côtes de Bourg, looking across the estuary to the appellation of Margaux. All three of François Mitjavile’s vineyards miraculously escaped the frost. There is considerable intensity and concentration in this wine for a modest unclassified Bordeaux, with lithe tannins and fresh, red-fruited length.
The 2017 Domaine des Cambes has a fresh, lifted, energetic bouquet that is very Left Bank in style thanks to the expressive Cabernet Franc. I love the definition and drive of these aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with pretty red berry fruit interlaced with dried orange peel, marmalade and brown spices. There is energy infused into this wine from start to finish and I strongly suspect that it will drink supremely well once in bottle. 2020 - 2030
The 2017 Domaine de Cambes is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with very pretty notes of kirsch, warm plums and black raspberries with hints of roses, cinnamon stick and tobacco. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy with plenty of juicy fruit and a long, savory finish.
This has an extraordinary perfume and the florality and exoticism are superb. With lovely flesh and masses of oak, this is the complete opposite to many of the hard, dry wines found in other properties. It is racy, rich, bright and crunchy, with the dryness tapping your taste buds as opposed to raking them. There are blueberry notes here with the black and red flavours and this is a truly delicious incarnation of this wine.
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.