Roc de Cambes 2019
|Subregion||Cotes du Bourg|
Often close in quality to the same owner's top Saint Emilion, Le Tertre Roteboeuf. This Cotes de Bourg is head and shoulders the best wine of the appellation and very much a wine for those "in the know". A right bank wine, yet only 4 or 5 kilometres from Chateau Margaux as the crow flies. This vineyard is a south facing slope with well ventilated vines. The 20% of Cabernet Sauvignon vines here are over 50 years old.
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The 2019 Roc de Cambes is focused and intense on the nose with Japanese nori tinged black fruit, damp loamy soil and later, hints of violet and incense. The palate is very well balanced with supple tannins, supremely well judged acidity and an irresistible creamy texture that maintains tension on the finish. This is a sophisticated and very satisfying Roc de Cambes in the making. 2024 - 2040
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Freshly cut flowers, raspberry, mint, anise and cedar give the 2019 Roc de Cambes striking brightness and energy to play off its radiant, sumptuous fruit. A wine of energy and vibrancy, the 2019 marries richness with persistence. The finish is perhaps just a touch nervous. Let’s see what élevage brings.
|Score: 91/93||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
The 2019 is a healthy 50hl/ha, with the blend 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ageing will be in 100% new French oak as usual. Deep ruby in colour with sweet and full nose of blackberry, vanilla, grilled meats and cinnamon. The palate is initially voluptuous in sweet black fruit before a cut of rich and moutchoating tannins. This year the wine is chalky and dense on the palate, with impressive power and ripeness. It will need a few years in bottle before reaching its peak, but the long, smoky and fleshy finish shows that there is ample depth in fruit.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Ripe, jammy fruit with a present but integrated toasty edge. Less expressive than some years (François Mitjavile conceded afterwards that it needed racking). Rich and round on the palate but there’s freshness as well. Tannins firm on the finish. On another day probably worth a higher score. (JL)
Drink 2026 – 2034
|Score: 16+||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|
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