This is not your typical Merlot dominated Bordeaux, from 'charming genius' winemaker Francois Mitjavile. Deep ruby in color with aromas of ripe red fruit, oak and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied and well-balanced with a silky texture carrying flavours of blackberry, cassis, strawberry, chocolate, toasted bread and earthy, savoury spice to a finish with racy acidity, elegant tannins and good length. There's a wonderful freshness and finesse to the texture despite a feeling of rusticity that really makes this stand out.
Try this with game dishes such as roast vension.
"This is a real gem from a Domaine just off the Cotes de Bourg that have made a name for themselves. It blew me away when I tasted it in March. A Bordeaux I can really get behind, completely different to anything I’ve tried before. Simply delicious."
There are no secrets to Francois Mitjavile's success beyond the minute attention to detail at every stage and a willingness to devote more man hours per vine than many others in order to produce fruit with perfect physiological maturity by the time of harvest. His obvious passion is backed up by his profound understanding of his own ‘terroir’ and the ‘savoir faire’ needed to realise its full potential. Most importantly, in his efforts to exaggerate the character of the vineyard and the individual vintage, he manages to achieve spectacularly successful results without recourse to the fashion for over-extraction that might diminish the subtle nuances of character that distinguish the wine of one ‘cru’ from another. As a result, his wines never lose their sense of originality and they have the balance and structure that allow them proper longevity. He appears to be particularly adept at dealing with the more difficult vintages and it is often in such years that his wine stands out from the field.
Domaine de Cambes is a wine that has set a new standard for the Cotes de Bourg appellation during the 25+ years of the Mitjavile ownership and the wine fully merits comparison with the greatest growths of the Bordeaux winefield. As such it still represents something of a bargain for the true enthusiast.