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Often close in quality to the same owner's top Saint Emilion, Le Tertre Rôteboeuf. This Côtes 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 Château 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. Matured in 100% new oak.
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The 2020 Roc de Cambes has a glorious , irresistible bouquet of ravishing dark cherries, blueberry, crushed violets and incense aromas; the oak here is very nicely enmeshed. The palate is medium-bodied and finely tuned, displaying supple tannins and a silky texture. There is wonderful harmony and palpable energy toward the finish. This actually challenges Tertre-Rôteboeuf, as if to say, why should you take the gold medal every year? It's that good. 2026 - 2040
Unlike almost any other property in Bordeaux, the fruit here was harvested in October, giving vintage-defying ripeness and texture. Deep ruby in colour. The nose is boisterous and powerful, with exotic fruit, incense and leather all coming through. The palate follows, dense and concentrated with cassis and kirsch. This spherical and explosive wine finds a ripeness few managed in 2020 without risking over-extraction. Spicy and rich through to an intense and long finish.
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample.
Ripe and concentrated but less decadent than the other wines in the Mitjavile stable. More dark fruit and innate freshness as well as a form that is linear rather than spherical. Touch of toasted oak and tannins that have a crunchy, mineral feel. (JL)
Drink 2026 – 2035