The Domaine de Cambes Bordeaux is a blend of majority Merlot with Cabernet, produced from the Roc de Cambes vineyard. Pure and expressive, the nose is rich with cassis, forest berries and violet. A soft, smooth palate meets with fine tannins and gently spiced character. Ripe and intense, you will taste black cherries, a nip of menthol and anise.
Those with a passion for Bordeaux are likely to know the name ‘Mitjaville’. The family owns two other renowned Bordeaux Château–Tertre-Roteboeuf Saint-Émilion and Domaine de Cambes. Current patriarch Louis Mitjaville inherited his title from father François, who launched his career when his wife inherited Tertre-Roteboeuf in the 1970s.
The 2016 Domaine des Cambes is just as delicious from bottle as it was from barrel. Sumptuous and super-expressive, the 2016 is a beautifully forward, inviting wine. Dark cherry, plum, mocha and licorice are all generous in the glass, while there is more than enough underlying structure to support a number of years of very fine drinking. This is a lovely, and frankly irresistible, Côtes de Bordeaux from the Mitjavile family.
92 points, Vinous (January 2019)
"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. 2023-2033"
92 Points, Vinous
More elegant than the 2015, the 2016 Domaine de Cambes comes from the Mitjavile family of Tertre Rôteboeuf 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.
93 points, jebdunnuck.com (February 2019)