Everything about Chateau Camensac Haut Medoc, Bordeaux wine, Fifth Growth producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles
Chateau Camensac History, Overview
Chateau Camensac is perhaps, one of the more obscure, 1855 Classified Growths in the Medoc. The original chateau which is still in use today, was constructed in the 18th century. Chateau Camensac was purchased by the Forner family in 1965. The Forner family first became active in wine making in Spain, where they own the popular, Marques de Caceres winery. Marques de Caceres is located in the Rioja appellation of Spain. Their experience in the Spanish wine trade proved helpful in knowing what to do next, which was to renovate the estate and replant their Haut Medoc vineyards. They also modified the estates name slightly in 1988 when they changed it from Chateau de Camensac to just Chateau Camensac. They also hired the successful wine consultant Michel Rolland as well. Michel Rolland does not consult Chateau Camensac today.
In 2005, Chateau Camensac was purchased by Jean Merlaut and his niece, Celine Villars Loubet. In 2014, Claire Thomas-Chenard joined the team as the director of the estate. Claire Thomas-Chenard is well-known for her work at Chateau Soutard and Chateau Larmande in St Emilion.
Chateau Camensac Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
Chateau Camensac is situated slightly east of the St. Julien appellation. They are not far from Chateau Beychevelle. The 65 hectare Left Bank vineyard in the Haut Medoc appellation is also not too far from Chateau La Tour Carnet and Chateau Belgrave. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Previously, the vineyard featured other Bordeaux grape varieties, but based on the suggestion of Emile Peynaud, they reduced the type of grape varietals to just two. The terroir of Chateau Camensac is mostly gravel based soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The vines are on average, 35 years of age. Picking is conducted using a combination of machine harvesting and manual pickers.
The vinification of Chateau Camensac takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation is performed in a combination of vat and barrel. The wines of Chateau Camensac are aged for an average of 17 to 20 months in French, oak barrels that range from 35% to 70% new, French oak, depending on the character and the needs of vintage. The estate also produces a second wine, previously called La Closerie de Camensac. The second wine has been aptly renamed Second de Camensac. The average annual production of Chateau Camensac is close to 20,000 cases per vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Camensac, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Camensac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. The wine of Chateau Camensac is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Camensac is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château de Camensac Wine Tasting Notes
12 Vintages 30442 Views Sort Vintage Rating
2016 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Medium bodied, with a cassis and black cherry core of fruit, earth and tobacco, the wine is crisp, crunchy and fresh.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 816 Views
2015 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Medium bodied, the wine is dominated by its red fruit and cranberry character, leaving you with a crisp, sweet and tart finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. 85 - 87 Pts
Apr 26, 2016points - Tasted 1237 Views
2014 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Rustic, in an old school manner, made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, the wine offers fruit and freshness, in the direct, earthy, dark, red berry, finish.
Feb 7, 2017points - Tasted 1626 Views
2013 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Light in color and weight, this bright, cranberry and tart cherry dominated wine requires drinking in its first few years of life.
Feb 7, 2016points - Tasted 1611 Views
2012 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Light in color, medium bodied, slightly tart red fruits and short, cranberry finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mar 11, 2015points - Tasted 1211 Views
Light in color, medium boded, red berry dominated wine, with a lean, bright finish. 83-86 Pts
Apr 23, 2013points - Tasted 1488 Views
2010 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Medium bodied with blackberry, cassis, leaf and earthy notes, the wine is bright, fresh and spicy.
Feb 6, 2013points - Tasted 3128 Views
2009 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
One of the more obscure classified growths, the 2009 is an open, easy to drink wine with an oak, dark cherry, earth and herb perfume. Medium bodied, with some rusticity to the tannins, this should be better with a few more years of age.
Nov 27, 2013points - Tasted 3498 Views
2008 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Crisp red berries, tobacco and coffee bean on the nose, with a light, easy drinking crunchy cassis and cranberry finish. A few more years could add depth to the wine.
May 7, 2014points - Tasted 3374 Views
2006 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Medium bodied, austere, firm, old school styled wine with a crisp, stern, cranberry and cassis finish.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 1860 Views
2005 Château de Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Cherries, cedar, earth and tobacco scents open to a medium/full bodied wine that is on the austere side.
Aug 7, 2011points - Tasted 5964 Views
2004 Château Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Herbal, leaf and cassis and earth aromas, medium bodied, dark red fruits and a dash of bell pepper with some dryness in the finish of this classic styled wine.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 2216 Views
2000 Château Camensac ( Haut-Médoc)
Medium bodied, firm, slightly rustic, but in a classy way, with fresh cherry, cranberry, earth and a hint of tobacco, this is fully mature.
Oct 23, 2016points - Tasted 2413 Views