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Roc de Cambes 2022

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Côtes de Bourg
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

Despite the hot summer, the Mitjaviles picked later as usual - at the end of September. The alcohol degree is 15% as usual (less than in 2009 for example) 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. All in new Radoux "blend" barrels.

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Tasting Notes

Mingling aromas of sweet cherries and cassis with notions of licorice, espresso roast and spices, the 2022 Roc de Cambes is medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with a broad-shouldered profile, framed by powdery tannins, and concluding with a chalky finish. This is always the most structured wine in the Mitjaville portfolio.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, April 2023

Mitjaville's wines are even more separated from the average this year. Deep, saturated ruby colour. The spice of the Radoux barrel is evident in the evocative bouquet here, full of sandlewood, cured meats and silver birch, the fruit is slick and very ripe with blueberry pie, tar and cassis. Full bodied with plush, ripe tannins coating the palate. An oily, impressive and dense wine, it's another very succesful Roc de Cambes that pushes Tertre Roteboeuf qualitatively this year.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2023

A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2022 Roc de Cambes is deep garnet-purple in color. It sashays out with fragrant notes of Chinese five spice, sandalwood, dark chocolate, and licorice, leading to a core of plum preserves and warm cassis. The full-bodied palate is concentrated, rich, and seductive, with velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with great length.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2023

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cask sample.
Deep colour. Aromatically intense – dark fruit with a menthol note. Gourmand fruit on the palate, the chocolaty oak integrated. Climbs a rung in terms of texture of tannin (compared with Domaine de Cambes), the sensation velvety and smooth. Chalky finish, the alcohol just perceptible. (JL) 15%
Drink 2028– 2038

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2023
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