Roc de Cambes is located in the Cotes de Bourg appellation. This is not that far from St. Emilion . In fact, the estates geographical location provided the inspiration for the name of the domaine, as it is located in the commune of St. Laurent des Combes. Soon after Francois Mitjavile purchased the vineyard in late 1987, he named his new winery, Chateau Roc de Cambes. When the owner, Francois Mitjavile purchased the estate in 1988, Roc de Cambes required extensive replanting work in the vineyards and modernizations in the cellars.
The 12 hectare vineyard of Roc de Cambes is planted to 75% Merlot , 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc . The terroir is mostly limestone and clay soils, similar to what you find in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, especially in Saint Emilion.
Today, Roc de Cambes is clearly an easy contender for the top Bordeaux wine from the Cotes de Bourg appellation.
(The Wine Cellar Inside, March 2015)
"It has a rich and opulent bouquet with black cherries, kirsch, touches of fresh fig and desiccated orange peel. The palate is sweet on the entry with a lot of sucrose-like texture, almost sorbet-like with blood orange infusing the red berry fruit. There is good structure here, plenty of fruit, much more primal than many of its peers. " (Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, April 2017)
"A wine of precision and understated intensity, the 2016 Roc des Cambes is nevertheless quite powerful and virile, both of which become increasingly evident as it sits in the glass. Ripe red cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice and incense run through this deeply expressive, savory Merlot-based blend from vineyards in the Mitjaville family's Côtes de Bourg estate. I imagine the 2016 will drink well for a number of years, but it will also need some cellaring to be at its best.
Score: 91/94." ( Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017)
"Edgy, lightly brûlée. A different character from the Dom de Cambes but not necessarily superior. Very rich. Drink 2024-2040
Score: 17. " ( Jancis Robinson MW JR Purple Pages , April 2017)