Considered the best producer in the Cote de Bourg, on the right bank of Bordeaux, Roc de Cambes was purchased in the late 80s by Francois Mitjavile, the owner of Château Le Tetre-Rôtebouef in St. Emilion. Francois is known for making wines that cross the boundaries between complexity, power, and finesse. He was interested in the vineyards' location and their south-facing and proximity to the river, so he took on the Chateau and revitalized many of the vines. The average vine age is now 40 years old, with the majority being Merlot seeing that this is the right bank. Still, there is an unusually large portion of the vineyard that is dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon. The exact blend here is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec aged in 50% new oak for 15-18 months. 2010 is an excellent vintage for this wine and Bordeaux as a whole, and it is nice to get a bottle that has some age on it that can be appropriately enjoyed now.
Decanter 94 points! "A very deep red colour with a nose of rich black fruits and liquorice. It has an atypical savoury character, yet it's complex and vibrant. The palate is immensely concentrated, with firm tannins that aren't too grippy, and a remarkable bite and tension. Some mocha tones come through on the long fresh finish. Assertive and dazzling."
Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) 92 points! "Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Roc de Cambes opens with leather and animal notions over a core of baked plums and Black Forest cake plus suggestions of bouquet garni and tilled soil. Full-bodied, the palate is solidly constructed with firm, chewy tannins and loads of freshness supporting the generous black fruit preserves, finishing on a compelling earthy/meaty note."