Domaine de Cambes Bordeaux 2017
This is Francois Mitjavile's second winery from Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf in Saint-Emilion, but here on the Cotes de Bourg. That is the absolute prime in this region. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines are now old enough to produce ripe, soft fruit. Francois is basically not comparable to his Cotes de Bourg wines. He sets standards and would even be in the first row of the 30 best chateaux with the Roc de Cambes in Saint-Emilion. This is a very unusual winery, also because of its Cabernet Sauvignon portion. Of course, Cotes de Bourg cannot reach these prices that are paid in Saint-Emilion, but you cannot measure it by normal standards. If we only go for quality, Roc de Cambes is one of the best Bordeaux wines. Roc de Cambes has a second wine, the Domaine de Cambes. These are the lower rows, which are closer to the river and are outside the Cotes de Bourg appellation. Accordingly, they cannot be called Roc de Cambes and therefore go to the Domaine de Cambes. The Domaine de Cambes is unintentionally a kind of second wine from the Roc de Cambes. There is another composition of grape varieties: 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The same relation as on Tertre Roteboeuf. The Mitjavile family bought two hectares of old Merlot for Domaine de Cambes, so that now the Cabernet Franc share is 15% and the Merlot share is 85%. And although the proportion of Cabernet Franc has shrunk somewhat, the proportion can still be felt very clearly, at least in the aroma. Delicate sweet raspberry lies on a floating cherry. The whole thing is very fine and still a nice spice in it. Very flowery. Violet and lilac. Very ethereal, also a little exotic Pakistani Night, jasmine. The mouth shows wonderful flu, tension, high acidity. The Cabernet Franc is also the dominant here. This intensity of racy, almost slightly spicy, spicy Cabernet Franc totally dominates the soft black and red cherry of the Merlot. Stylistically, this remains a Loire wine rather than a Bordeaux wine. Nevertheless, 2017 is clearly more voluminous and tasty than the very stylish, expressive 2016. That certainly does not have to offer 2017, but for the price range in which Domaine de Cambes is at home and there is still nothing comparable in the Cotes de Bourg . This lower part of the slopes of Roc de Cambes is always one of the total recommendations. The wine lasts almost forever, has improved over decades. And it's one of the bargains in Bordeaux par excellence. The wine is super balanced and 2017 is hardly inferior to 2016.