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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.
At the time, 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.
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.
When to Drink Chateau Roc de Cambes, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Roc de Cambes is much better with at least 4-6 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Roc de Cambes offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 5-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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
28 Vintages 92,238 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Wild black cherries, truffle, tobacco, smoke and licorice on the nose gets your focus. Full-bodied, lusty, round and juicy, with an earthy accent to the fruits, this will be best with at least 7-9 years of age. 92-94 Pts
2,654 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Truffle, tree moss, wet earth, tobacco and dark red fruits are served up with a juicy, mouthful of earthy, fresh, dark red fruits and tobacco leaf. 88-90 Pts
1,475 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Wet soil, tobacco, truffle and black raspberries are found on the nose and on the palate. The wine is juicy, bright and fruity with herbal complexities in an earthy finish.
2,207 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Wet earth, forest floor, truffle, tobacco and dark red fruits are served up in a ripe, juicy, fresh, medium/full bodied, rustic style.
1,804 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
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.
4,467 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
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.
2,545 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Wet earth, spearmint, licorice, cocoa and plums smell and taste great. The wine is silky, polished and rich, there is volume and freshness that drives home the fruity qualities in the finish. This is the best Roc de Cambes ever produced.
4,426 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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.
4,092 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2015||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Vanilla, smoke, wet earth and dark fruits with a touch of herbs create the complex nose. The wine is medium bodied, with a gently rustic, dark cherry and tapenade filled finish. You can drink this young, or age it for a few years.
1,775 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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.
1,717 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
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
3,601 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2014||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Ripe dark red fruits, olive tapenade, spice and earth in character, the wine delivers from start to finish. 87-89 Pts
1,598 Views Tasted May 1, 2015
|2013||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
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
3,510 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|2013||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Spicy red cherries, hints of fennel and plum in the forward finish. 86-88 Pts
2,226 Views Tasted May 1, 2014
|2012||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
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
1,908 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2012||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a wine with earthy plums, spice and sweet, tart cherries in the finish. 87-89 Pts
3,579 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Distinct aromas of truffle adds to the plum and stone personality in this open, medium bodied, ready to drink wine.
1,895 Views Tasted May 21, 2014
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
2,198 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2012
|2011||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Easy drinking, plummy, black cherry, round wine in a crowd pleasing style.
1,528 Views Tasted May 21, 2014
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
1,308 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2012
|2010||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
The wine offers minerality, truffle, blackberries and wet earth scents, with good density and a spicy, fennel, black raspberry filled finish.
3,387 Views Tasted May 8, 2013
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
4,114 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2010||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Truffle, earth, red plums, juicy berries and a fresh, ripe, spice filled finish.
2,394 Views Tasted May 8, 2013
|2009||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Coffee, cocoa, truffle, black cherry and stone, medium body and a soft, forward, sweet, red cherry finish.
3,374 Views Tasted May 9, 2012
|2009||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
Earth, smoke, mineral, black plum and coffee scents open to a mineral driven, red berry finish.
2,561 Views Tasted May 9, 2012
|2008||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
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
3,890 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009
|2006||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
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.
3,345 Views Tasted Nov 9, 2016
|2005||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Peppery, earthy, truffle and tobacco scents in the nose with a stony, earthy, cherry driven character, this is ready to drink. 90 Pts
3,726 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
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.
2,742 Views Tasted Nov 29, 2013
|2003||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Like opening a jar of truffles and tasting ripe cherries, this was quite a nice surprise.
3,751 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2013
|2003||Domaine de Cambes (Bordeaux)|
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.
1,215 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2013
|2000||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
Fully mature and on the downhill slide, there is still complexity in the earthy, tobacco, oceanic nuances that blend perfectly with the ripe cherries. A little bit rustic, but still charming, the wine needs consumption.
2,865 Views Tasted Dec 19, 2017
|1994||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
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.
1,874 Views Tasted Jul 6, 2015
|1990||Roc de Cambes (Côtes de Bourg)|
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.
2,487 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2016