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2020 Roc de Cambes En Primeur

We are very fortunate to receive allocations of Francois Mitjavile's sought after wines, including those from his Côtes de Bourg estate, Roc de Cambes.  Last year, the 2019 the cask samples we tasted were breathtakingly overt and crying out to be drunk straight away (which is exactly what we did with them after tasting!).  This year. by contrast, with most right bank wines tasting rounded and accessible, the 2020 Roc de Cambes was more linear, with complex floral and tobacco notes and an emphasis on freshness and limestone-mineral notes of crushed rock.  

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Roc de Cambes

Producer Profile

Roc de Cambes

Roc de Cambes is an estate in the commune of Côtes de Bourg, owned by Francois Mitjavile 1988, in part because the terroir (clay and limestone) was so similar to his estate in St. Emilion, Le Tertre Roteboeuf

The wines exhibit the same Mitjavile magic, with a unique texture and aromatic complexity.  The 14 hectares of vines form a natural amphitheater overlooking the Gironde, on the slopes which form the best terroir in the Côtes de Bourg, 'les Croutes'.  The fruit for what might (inaccurately) be called the 'second wine', Domaine des Combes comes from outside the estate (and outside the Cotes de Bourg AOC) but is vinified in the same way and with the same care and attention.




RED 2020 Château Roc de Cambes 75cl £260 per case of 6 Château Roc de Cambes
2020 / / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample. Ripe and concentrated but less decadent than the other wines in the Mitjavile stable. More dark fruit and innate freshness as well as a form that is linear rather than spherical. Touch of toasted oak and tannins that have a crunchy, mineral feel. 16.5 points" (JL)------"Smoky character on the attack, carefully interplayed with cloves, grilled tobacco, damson and red cherry fruits. Good stuff, nuanced and mouthwatering. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030. 92 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"The 2020 Roc de Cambes has a glorious , irresistible bouquet of ravishing dark cherries, blueberry, crushed violets and incense aromas; the oak here is very nicely enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied and finely tuned, displaying supple tannins and a silky texture. There is wonderful harmony and palpable energy toward the finish. This actually challenges Tertre-Rôteboeuf, as if to say, why should you take the gold medal every year? It's that good. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,

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