The 2016 Roc de Cambes was mighty impressive from barrel. Bottled in August 2018, it has retained a beguiling bouquet of perfumed red plum, blueberry, tayberry and light estuarine scents, plus a tang of a cold northern sea. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet candied opening, dark chocolate and even toffee subtly interwoven into the red fruit. The spicy finish features a healthy sprinkling of black pepper. This is an outstanding Roc de Cambes that, dare I suggest, is going to give Tertre-Rôteboeuf a run for its money. Drink 2022-2050.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
A wine of precision and understated intensity, the 2016 Roc des Cambes is nevertheless quite powerful and virile, both of which become increasingly evident as it sits in the glass. Ripe red cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice and incense run through this deeply expressive, savory Merlot-based blend from vineyards in the Mitjaville family's Côtes de Bourg estate. I imagine the 2016 will drink well for a number of years, but it will also need some cellaring to be at its best.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Edgy, lightly brûlée. A different character from the Dom de Cambes but not necessarily superior. Very rich.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
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 Cabernet Sauvignon vines here are over 50 years old. The blend is 20% Cabernet with the rest Merlot and a touch of Malbec. Great intensity of confection, red berries, vanilla and supple blackcberry on the nose. The palate is meaty, spicy and powerful, with a heady concentration of black bramble fruits and ripe, mouthcoating tannins, this once again punches well above its supposedly lowly appellation. Fantastic silky but persistent texture with creamy chocolat and coffee notes, spicy nutmeg and clove, and always ripe damson and black cherry through to a long finish. Once again an outstanding offering from the Mitjavilles in 2016.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
The 2016 Roc de Cambes is still primordial and tough to read, showing lots of oak, yet offers serious depth and richness, tons of raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry fruit, full-bodied richness, and, again, lots of oak and cedar overtones. Hide this in the cellar for at least 4-5 years. Drink 2023-2038.
|Score: 91+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Ripe fruit the nose has rich black fruits the palate sweet fleshy supple in the middle the fruit supported by fine tannins. A complex mix of rich flavours the concentred fruit on the mid palate is backed by freshness the back palate has depth with ripe damsons on the finish. 2025-38
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
A wine that almost seems to defy the vintage conditions in 2016, this taste more like a 2015, with rip, figgy flavours, plenty of alcohol, some tobacco and Asian spice aromas and just about enough acidity for balance. A little too like Amarone? 2020-26
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|