Chateau Cambon La Pelouse Haut Medoc Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Cambon La Pelouse Haut MedocBordeaux producer profile, with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Cambon La Pelouse History, Overview

Chateau Cambon La Pelouse dates back to the 1700′s, when it founded by the Cambon family. Like numerous Bordeaux chateau, the estate has had numerous owners over the centuries. During the 1800’s, Chateau Cambon La Pelouse shared owners with Chateau Cantemerle. However, the true modern era begins when the property was purchased by Jean Pierre Marie, who added the small production wine, LAura de Cambon from vines planted in the Margaux appellation to his portfolio a decade later, in 2006. Claude Gros was the initial the consultant for the vineyard management and the wine making at L’Aura de Cambon. That changed in 2013, when the new owners brought in the noted consultant Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus to act as their consultant, in the vineyards and the cellars.

Chateau Cambon La Pelouse Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 60 hectare Bordeaux, Haut Medoc vineyard of Chateau Cambon La Pelouse resides in the commune of Macau, not far from Chateau Cantemerle and Chateau Giscours. The vineyard is planted to 52% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. The current vineyard plantings show a change in their makeup, as all the Cabernet Franc has now been removed. On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vines are young because the majority of the vineyard was replanted in 1975. The vineyard needed replanting because after it was decimated in the frost of 1956, the vineyard was abandoned, as it was too costly to replant for the owners at the time. It remained fallow until it was purchased by Jean Pierre Marie.

The terroir is mostly gravel and soils with small rocks and stones. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of between 5,000 vines per hectare and 7,000 vines per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are for the newer plantings. Like all Bordeaux estates, the blend changes from year to year. In some vintages, Chateau Cambon La Pelouse uses one of the highest portions of Merlot in the Left Bank. For example, in 2001, the wine was produced using 60% Merlot in the blend
To produce the wine of Chateau Cambon La Pelouse, most of the grapes are machine harvested. Following a five to seven day period of cold soaking at an average temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, the wine is fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size from 88 hectoliters up to 200 hectoliters. Recent renovations added enough steel tanks to allow for vinification on a parcel by parcel basis. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel vats. The wine that endures malolactic fermentation in barrel is aged on its lees for six months. Cambon La Pelouse is aged in between 40% and 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 20 months.

On average, Chateau Cambon La Pelouse produces close to 15,000 cases of wine per vintage. There is a second wine, Chateau Trois Moulins, which often contains as much as 40% Cabernet Franc in the blend.

When to Drink Chateau Cambon La Pelouse, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Cambon La Pelouse needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Cambon La Pelouse is usually better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Cambon La Pelouse offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-14 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Cambon La Pelouse with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Cambon La Pelouse is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Cambon La Pelouse is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Cambon La Pelouse is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

Château Cambon La Pelouse Wine Tasting Notes

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2016Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)90 pts

Fresh with flesh, the fruit is on the bright side and I really like the earthy, spicy accents. This is a nicely priced wine that will drink well early.

90 points - Tasted
2015Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)88 pts

Oaky, with sweet cherries and licorice that are easy to find, the wine is medium bodied and forward, with a hint of cocoa along with the dark red fruits in the finish. This is a wine you can drink early. 87 - 89 Pts

88 points - Tasted
2014Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)89 pts

Very nice for the chateau, this wine is fleshy, forward and plush with sweet, dark red fruits. 88-90 Pts

89 points - Tasted
2013Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)86 pts

Soft, short and sweet, this medium-bodied wine showcases licorice, oak and dark red berries. This will be best in its youth. From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine is aging in 40% new oak. Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus is now the consultant. 85-87 Pts

86 points - Tasted
2012Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)88 pts

Well priced, easy drinking, soft textured, medium bodied, Haut Medoc wine that is already showing its earthy, bright fruit, tobacco and earthy charms. This is not a wine to age but a wine for current pleasure.

88 points - Tasted
2011Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)88 pts

Blending 55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine is aged in 40% new oak. Earth, herbs, caramel and black cherry, medium body and cassis with cranberry are found in this wine. 87-89 Pts

88 points - Tasted
2010Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)87 pts

Pleasant quaffer with round textures, licorice and black cherries that is already open and ready to drink. Enjoy this on the young side.

87 points - Tasted
2009Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)85 pts

2009 Cambon La Pelouse is medium bodied with cassis and strawberry flavors and ends in with a slight drying finish. 83/85 Pts

85 points - Tasted
2008Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)88 pts

Easy drinking charmer with soft, round textures, medium body and an earthy, red fruit presence with the added complexity of thyme, tobacco and smoke.

88 points - Tasted
2005Château Cambon La Pelouse  (Haut-Médoc)89 pts

Charming, reasonablyl priced and already drinking well, the medium bodied, open wine, offers licorice, oak, black cherry, earth, cassis and round textures.

89 points - Tasted