Located in the Côtes de Bourg, not far from Saint-Émilion, the first Roc de Cambes vintage was in 1998 some ten years after Francois Mitjavile—who also owns the very highly regarded, small production Le Tertre-Roteboeuf in Saint-Émilion—purchased the 12ha vineyard planted on limestone and clay. With a similar terroir to Tertre-Roteboeuf and vines that average 50 years of age, the vineyard is planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc producing an exotic and hedonistic wine that can be enjoyed in its youth but that will also cellar well for at least 10-15 years.
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.
16.5 points, James Lawther, JancisRobinson.com (April 2021)
The 2020 Roc de Cambes opens with a huge bouquet of scorched earth, tar, licorice, gravel and incense. A rich, explosive wine, this is going to need at least a few years to come together, but it is impressive even in the early going. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, spice, leather and floral accents linger on the substantial finish. There is a lot of wine here.
(92-94) points, Vinous (June 2021)
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.
(92-94) points, Vinous (May 2021)