A sister property to Roc des Cambes, with vines planted on the flat terraces below the slopes of the Côtes de Bourg. There is an intense interplay between fruit and oak, with aromatic grace. It has a luscious intensity on the palate with a formidable density of tannins for a modest unclassified Bordeaux. Its freshness brings a tasty length to the wine. CP
The 2016 Domaine de Cambes, owned by the Mitjavile family of Le Tertre-Rôteboeuf fame, is a blend of 5% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc and 80% Merlot this year. It has a detailed, juicy bouquet with mulberry, wild strawberry and just a touch of iodine that comes through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin on the entry, dark berry fruit with a touch of cola, nicely balanced with a harmonious and approachable finish. Give this a year or two after bottling, and it should drink well for the next 8-10 years. Drink Date 2019 - 2029
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Just across the Gironde from Issan, from the flat land at the base of the slope of Roc de Cambes. Lively and sweet and with lots of richness and energy. Amazingly good for an AOC Bordeaux. Luscious richness. Fantastic length. Exoticissimo. RRP €40 in France – perhaps the most expensive AOC Bordeaux? Drink 2020-2030
The 2016 Domaine des Cambes is rich, sumptuous and beautiful, all qualities that readers will be able to enjoy pretty much as soon as the wine is released. Super-ripe, dark and racy, it captures the more overt side of the vintage. A wine of exotic ripeness and intensity, the 2016 is gorgeous today. A rush of black cherry, plum, menthol and licorice infuses this expressive Côtes de Bordeaux from the Mitjaville family.
Completely unhinged on the nose with the wildest fruit and texture imaginable, this wine has a thrilling cadence with powdery tannins and skins infiltrating the flavour throughout. Serious length and lovely balance mark this as a superb Domaine de Cambes. The sauvage notes are fascinating and the tannins are perfectly balanced with no trace of astringency.
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.