Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Tertre Roteboeuf Francois 300x242 Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Everything about Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairings, 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

Roc de Cambes History, Overview

Roc de Cambes is located in the Cotes de Bourg appellation. This is not that far from St. Emilion. In fact, the estates geographical location provided the inspiration for the name of the domaine, as it is located in the commune of St. Laurent des Combes. Soon after Francois Mitjavile purchased the vineyard in late 1987, he named his new winery, Chateau Roc de Cambes. When the owner, Francois Mitjavile purchased the estate in 1988, Roc de Cambes required extensive replanting work in the vineyards and modernizations in the cellars. The chateau that was constructed in the mid to late 1700’s also needed renovations.

1998 marked the debut vintage for Domaine Roc de Cambes. That name was shortened to Roc de Cambes in 1994. The vineyard is situated not far from the Bordeuax city center and it is also less than 30 kilometers due south of St. Emilion.

Interestingly, Roc de Cambes has a terroir that is not much different from Tertre Roteboeuf, their legendary, St. Emilion estate, which is also owned by the Mitjavile family. That explains in part, why Roc de Cambes was purchased by the Mitjavile family.

Roc de Cambes Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 12 hectare vineyard of Roc de Cambes 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, especially in Saint Emilion. The vineyard has a south by southwest exposure on the peak of a plateau, with a view of the river. The vines are old. In fact, many of their vines used for Roc de Cambes are close to an impressive 50 years of age. They have vines that are more than 50 years old, which adds to concentration, character and complexity in the wines.

Roc de Cambes is vinified in traditional concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is then aged in an average of 50% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 24 months before bottling.

Rocstone Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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 to Roc de Cambes. Domaine de Cambes, unlike Roc de Cambes is labeled and sold as a Bordeaux AOC wine.

Serving and Decanting Roc de Cambes with Wine and Food Pairings

Roc de Cambes 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 up to 1 -2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Roc de Cambes is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Roc de Cambes is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Today, Roc de Cambes is clearly an easy contender for the top Bordeaux wine from the Cotes de Bourg appellation. The Mitjavile family recently added Domaine lAurage 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 Cotes de Bordeaux appellation as it combines quality, character and price.

Domaine de Cambes Wine Tasting Notes

23 Vintages 57097 Views Sort    Vintage    Rating

  1. 2016 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    1. Earthy, truffle, licorice, salt, brioche and black cherries open the nose. Full bodied, with fresh, cherries, the wine is concentrated, full bodied, and offers something wild and refined at the same moment. The finish is fruity, earthy and juicy.

      92 points - Tasted
  2. 2016 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

    1. Olive tapenade, thyme and red fruit aromas emerge easily. Medium/full bodied, with spicy, sweet cherries and herbs with a fresh, earthy, finish are found here.

      88 points - Tasted
  3. 2015 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  4. 2015 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

    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
  5. 2014 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  6. 2014 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

    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
  7. 2013 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  8. 2013 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

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

      87 points - Tasted
  9. 2012 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  10. 2012 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

    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
  11. 2011 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  12. 2011 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

    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
  13. 2010 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  14. 2010 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

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

      88 points - Tasted
  15. 2009 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

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

      89 points - Tasted
  16. 2009 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

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

      85 points - Tasted
  17. 2008 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  18. 2006 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    1. Full bodied, earthy, still on the young side, with ripe, juicy, fresh, crisp, dark plums, black cherry, forest floor and truffle notes. Just starting to open, an hour or so in the decanter should add a lot to the wine.

      90 points - Tasted
  19. 2005 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

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

      91 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
  20. 2003 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

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

      89 points - Tasted
  21. 2003 Domaine de Cambes ( Bordeaux)

    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
  22. 1994 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    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
  23. 1990 Roc de Cambes ( Côtes de Bourg)

    1. Fully mature, the wine is more interesting with its earthy, tobacco, leaf, cherry, forest and cigar aromas than on the medium bodied, earthy spicy, red plum palate. If you are holding a bottle for further evolution, you are better off popping a cork, that waiting any longer.

      89 points - Tasted