Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux Wine

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Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes , 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

Roc de Cambes is located in the Cotes de Bourg appellation. This is not that far from St. Emilion . In fact it’s less than 30 kilometers due south of St. Emilion. In fact, Roc de Cambes has a terroir that is not much different than Tertre Roteboeuf , their legendary, St. Emilion estate, which is also owned by the Mitjavile family. 

Roc de Cambes was purchased by the Mitjavile family in 1988. The vineyard is situated on a lay and limestone terroir. Roc de Cambes has a 12 hectare acre Bordeaux wine vineyard which is planted to 75% Merlot , 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc . The terroir is mostly limestone and clay soils, similar to what you find in the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The vineyard has a south by southwest exposure. The vines are old. In fact, many of the vines used for Roc de Cambes are close to an impressive 50 years of age. Roc de Cambes is vinified in traditional concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is then aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 24 months before bottling.

When the owner, Francois Mitjavile purchased the estate in 1987, Roc de Cambes required extensive replanting work in the vineyards and renovations in the cellars. The first vintage for Roc de Cambes for the new owners was the 1989. Starting with the 2014 vintage, the name for the estate was changed to Chateau Roc de Cambes.

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They also produce Domaine de Cambes, which is not considered a second wine , as it comes from a different terroir and grape source. Domaine de Cambes is not in the boundaries of the Cotes de Bourg appellation. The vines are much further down the slopes and they are closer to the Gironde, creating a cooler terroir with more clay in the soils as well. However, the Merlot dominated blend used for Domaine de Cambes can be quite similar. Domaine de Cambes, unlike Roc de Cambes is labeled and sold as a Bordeaux AOC wine.

Today, Roc de Cambes is clearly an easy contender for the top Bordeaux wine from the Cotes de Bourg appellation. The Cotes de Bourg appellation was recently renamed Cotes de Bordeaux , which covers a much wider variety of terroirs and growers.

The Mitjavile family recently added  Domaine l’Aurage  to their holdings. Located in the Cotes de Castillon appellation. The debut vintage for Domaine l’Aurage was 2007. It’s definitely an estate to watch in the Right Bank as it combines quality, character and price.

Domaine de Cambes Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Dominated by Merlot the wine shows vanilla, smoke, dark red fruits, herbs, spice and earth in character, the wine an olive tapenade and herb infused, dark red fruit experience.

      88 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Roc de Cambes

    1. Spicy, mineral driven, earthy, dark berry focused nose with a structured, full bodied, powerful, concentrated, fresh, tannic wine. This definitely needs time in the cellar to be fun to drink.

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Ripe dark red fruits, olive tapenade, spice and earth in character, the wine delivers from start to finish. 87-89 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  4. 2014 Roc de Cambes

    1. Picked between October 20 and October 26, the wine delivers an earthy, black cherry, round experience that ends with a spicy, blackberry finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  5. 2013 Roc de Cambes

    1. Wild, candied red berries served in an open style, with a blast of cherry in the finish. This will drink well and offer pleasure early. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  6. 2013 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Spicy red cherries, hints of fennel and plum in the forward finish. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  7. 2012 Roc de Cambes

    1. 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a wine with earthy plums, spice and sweet, tart cherries in the finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  8. 2012 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Not to be confused with Roc de Cambes, as this is parcel selection and not a second wine. This medium-bodied wine offers fresh herbs, spice and red berries in an open style. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  9. 2011 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Easy drinking, plummy, black cherry, round wine in a crowd pleasing style.

      85 points - Tasted
    2. From 65% Merlot with 17.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with forest, earth and plum, medium body and a short black cherry finish. This is a wine to enjoy young. 85-86 Pts

      85 points - Tasted
  10. 2011 Roc de Cambes

    1. Distinct aromas of truffle adds to the plum and stone personality in this open, medium bodied, ready to drink wine.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc open to leafy, blackberry, coffee and earth aromas. This interesting wine ends with an earthy, herbal, black cherry finish. 88-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  11. 2010 Roc de Cambes

    1. The wine offers minerality, truffle, blackberries and wet earth scents, with good density and a spicy, fennel, black raspberry filled finish.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Roc des Cambes 75% Merlot 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot produced a medium bodied, soft textured wine filled earth, anise, black cherry and smoke. The vineyards are slowly being replanted as the Cabernet Sauvignon is being replaced by Merlot. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  12. 2010 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Truffle, earth, red plums, juicy berries and a fresh, ripe, spice filled finish.

      88 points - Tasted
  13. 2009 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Earth, smoke, mineral, black plum and coffee scents open to a mineral driven, red berry finish.

      85 points - Tasted
  14. 2009 Roc de Cambes

    1. Coffee, cocoa, truffle, black cherry and stone, medium body and a soft, forward, sweet, red cherry finish.

      89 points - Tasted
  15. 2008 Roc de Cambes

    1. 08 Roc des Cambes (Cotes de Bourg) is medium bodied, made from 65% merlot, 17.5% cabernet franc, and the remainder cabernet sauvignon. It has ample dried cherry and cassis flavors in the mouth, with some dryness in the finish. 87-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  16. 2005 Roc de Cambes

    1. Peppery, earthy, truffle and tobacco scents in the nose with a stony, earthy, cherry driven character, this is ready to drink. 90 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Nice wine, a little rustic in its tannins, but offering a lot of vanilla, blackberry, black raspberry, earth and spicy charm that softens with air. Drinking well today, it might gain a bit more complexity with age, but there is no reason not to pop a cork today.

      90 points - Tasted
  17. 2003 Domaine de Cambes

    1. Truffle and cigar box notes dominate the nose. On the palate, the wine is all about the cherries. The fruit is not overripe, but it is fading.

      87 points - Tasted
  18. 2003 Roc de Cambes

    1. Like opening a jar of truffles and tasting ripe cherries, this was quite a nice surprise.

      89 points - Tasted
  19. 1994 Roc de Cambes

    1. Earthy, with a distinctive truffle, tobacco and olive drenched nose, the rustically,styled wine showed much younger than its true age. Still, this is a not a wine I'd hold for further development.

      87 points - Tasted