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.
Sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2020 Domaine de Cambes rolls out of the glass with exuberant notes of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and boysenberries, plus hints of star anise, cedar chest, camphor and smoked meats. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating black and blue fruit preserves, framed by chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy.
(90-92) points, Wine Advocate (May 2021)
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample.
Ripe, rich and concentrated, the fruit on the edge of confit. Little evidence of the oak at present but a light, grainy, tannic frame. Voluptuous and gourmand as always.
16 points, James Lawther, JancisRobinson.com (April 2021)
The 2020 Domaine de Cambes has a perfumed, floral bouquet of black plum, bilberry and raspberry preserve infused with pressed iris and violet petals; fine delineation and focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, and a little oaky at the moment, but there is an attractive underlying peppery, almost sage-like note that comes through on the finish. Give this 2–3 years once in bottle.
(88-90) points, Vinous (May 2021)