Domaine de Cambes Bordeaux 2016
Want to watch a sommelier's (or really any serious wine geek) blood pressure rise 20 points? Say the words “Tertre Roteboeuf” - the revered winery in St. Emilion dating back to the early 1700s - within earshot and they will wander over your way to see if there is any to be had, and possibly even beg a little. We’re speaking from experience -- the legendary winery is one of the all-time greats in the region and we’ll drink or taste it at ANY opportunity! We are BEYOND STOKED to have purchased a small batch of the KILLER 2016 Domaines de Cambes from François Mitjavile, owner of Tertre and Roc des Cambes, at a cerebellum-melting price -- a 93-POINTER from Dunnuck, no less!! INCREDIBLE!
Just let the review guide you: “layered, seamless texture as well as notes of caramelized blackberry and blueberry fruits, toasted bread, classy oak, and spice. Beautiful on all accounts, with medium to full body and a great mid-palate as well as sweet tannins, it’s a sensational wine…”
We said: “Hm, this reminds us of that heart-pounding time we went skydiving over Kilauea during an eruption…” as in, THRILLING, heart-pounding, BIG BAD juice! Wow! This is a wine to cellar -- it will last 20 years!! Dark, intense and masculine structure, super long finish and gobs of deep spicy fruit!!
WICKED-crazy-silly-good price. Seriously, DANG! It’s worth reminding how tremendous the 2016 vintage in Bordeaux is, too -- this wine just radically overdelivers and is a serious contender for our top Bordeaux buy this year by far. As you might expect, this is hard to get and we don’t have much. CARPE DIEM, kids!
*** FUN FACT! Le Tertre Roteboeuf is very loosely translated into “Hill of the belching beef”, and pays homage to a time when the property was probably used for cattle to graze. You can lay that on your guests as the filet mignon is being served!
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“More elegant than the 2015, the 2016 Domaine de Cambes comes from the Mitjavile family of Tertre Roteboeuf and is an 80/20 split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc brought up in new oak. It offers a layered, seamless texture as well as notes of caramelized blackberry and blueberry fruits, toasted bread, classy oak, and spice. Beautiful on all accounts, with medium to full body and a great mid-palate as well as sweet tannins, it's a sensational wine from this unheralded appellation that deserves attention.”
“The 2016 Domaine des Cambes, made by François Mitjavile of Tertre-Rôteboeuf, has a pure, cassis- and blueberry-scented bouquet that reveals top notes of crushed violet petals and even a hint of ink. The palate is silky-smooth with fine tannin and lightly spiced with a dash of white pepper. The cohesive backbone is deeply impressive. Gentle but insistent in terms of grip, leading to a very fresh finish. This Domaine des Cambes really is superb, and it will offer much drinking pleasure over the next decade.”
- Country: France
- Region: Bordeaux
- Appellation: Bordeaux
- Blend: 60 % Merlot, 40 % Cabernet Franc
- Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
- Aging/Cooperage: 18 months in new barrels
- Alcohol: 15.0%
About The Producer
Domaine de Cambes is another wine by Francois Mitjavile, produced at the Roc de Cambes facility, but Mitjavile insists this is not a second wine. The grapes come from a vineyard just outside the Cote de Bourg and St.-Emilion boundaries, so it carries the "Bordeaux AOC" designation. The vines have a lower elevation and are closer to the Gironde, creating a cooler terroir with more clay in the soil, but the end result for this Merlot-dominated blend is still quite similar in structure and finesse to the Tertre Roteboeuf and Roc de Cambes. Mitjavile is well-known for his unique winemaking that consistently produces wines that are described as suave, exotic with smooth, caressing tannins. And at an even lower price than its "big brothers", Domaine de Cambes is the best value!
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