2017 - Ch Roc de Cambes Côtes de Bourg
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Roc des Cambes
Region
Côtes de Bourg
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2021 - 2032
Case size
6x75cl
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2017 CH ROC DE CAMBES CÔTES DE BOURG - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Roc des Cambes
Region
Côtes de Bourg
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2021 - 2032
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £316.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2018,
    Score: 93-95

    Côtes de Bourg might not conjure quite the same romantic image as St Emilion, but this wine possesses the same spellbinding charm as François Mitjavile’s flagship estate, Ch Tertre Rôteboeuf, with an earlier drinking window. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Old vines (50 years for the Cabernet Sauvignon) give the wine great intensity. The sweet cranberry fruit is seasoned with Asian spice from the 100% new French oak. The fleshy palate culminates in a long and satisfying finish.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, February,
    Score: 93

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes has a vivid bouquet with ebullient redcurrant and cranberry fruit that "jump" out of the glass, yet the aromatics remain tender and graceful, to use two words uttered by François Mitjavile in describing the vintage. The palate is very well balanced with filigree tannins, dark berry fruit laced with clove and bay leaf, just a hint of tobacco on the aftertaste. Very fine and very classy.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2018,
    Score: 91-93

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes, for a long time we considered changing the blend of Roc de Cambes by pulling up the Cabernet, but in the end we kept it the same blend as it is the character of the wine. This is matured in 100% new oak (although it is impossible to tell.) It has a very clean and pure bouquet, perfumed blackberry and bilberry fruit, a touch of seawater in the background. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chalky tannin, notes of mulberry, blackberry, brine and touches of brown spice. Like the Domaine des Cambes there is fine energy in situ and it feels long and full of tension on the classy, quite peppery finish. 2020 - 2035

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, March 2020,
    Score: 94

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. Rich, dense and explosive, with tremendous power the 2017 is positively stellar from the very first taste. Macerated dark cherries, sage, spice, star anise, orange zest, mint and new leather give the 2017 an exotic, racy feel that is hard to fully describe. In the glass, the 2017 possesses off the charts aromatic intensity and tons of pure fruit richness, while the 100% new oak is barely perceptible. Readers lucky enough to find it will enjoy a wine of tremendous character and personality. This is an absolutely stunning wine from Francois and Nina Mitjavile. 2022-2047

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2018,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2017 Roc de Cambes is deep garnet-purple in color with a slightly reticent nose of blackberries, cassis and tar with nuances of pencil shavings, damp soil and dried herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with great freshness and a long, lively finish.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2018,
    Score: 17.5+

    The fruit is more intense than in Domaine de Cambes and it is more serious, more structured, more reticent and more regal. There is a dramatic edge to this wine which bring tannic tension and this warns the drinker away. While you can get on and drink the ‘wine from over the road’ this is a more tense creation and it will need 5 years or more. Having said this I like both wines equally which shows just how different in character they are.

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Producer

Château Roc des Cambes

Bought in 1988 by François Mitjavile, the owner of Château Tetre-Rôtebouef in St-Emilion. He considered its position; south facing, in two natural amphitheatres, next to the Gironde to be perfect for wine-growing. He undertook to reinvigorate the 14ha vineyard and introduced late harvesting (traditionally in this area they harvest too early, whilst the grapes are still a little under-ripe). Proportions of grapes are 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Fermentation is in temperature controlled cement vats and ageing in barriques - 50% new - for 15-18 months. The wine is full bodied, robust, rich and long lasting, yet well balanced.

Region

Côtes de Bourg

Côtes de Bourg is a Bordeaux appellation surrounding the town of Bourg on the right bank of the Gironde, 20 km north-west of Bordeaux. It has a maritime climate and the vineyards close to the river are particularly well protected from frost damage. The Côtes de Bourg are characterised by the diversity and richness of their soils, composed of mainly clay and limestone soils with sand and gravel in some parts. Most of the wine produced is red wine. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted on clay and sandy gravel soils, while Merlot is also grown on the widespread areas of clay and limestone. Historically the region produced robust and sober wines but the wines are becoming more approachable with the introduction of more fruit driven vinification techniques. Red Côtes de Bourg are garnet in colour and are predominantly based on the Merlot grape, blended with smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. They are typically earthy but fruity with blackcurrant dominating the flavour profile. They can be laid down for 6-10 years or more but can also be drunk young. A little white is made, chiefly from Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes.