Roc de Cambes Cotes de Bourg
It would be inaccurate to characterize Château Roc de Cambes as an over-achieving estate in an outlier appellation—much as those are some of our favorites here at SommSelect. No, I’d argue that Roc de Cambes belongs in the elite of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, despite the absence of any official ‘classifications’ on its spare, elegant label.
Owned and run with passion by the Mitjaville family, Roc de Cambes sits on the same limestone “mother rock” that characterizes many of the greatest vineyard sites in St-Émilion, including François and Miloute Mitjaville’s crown jewel, Château Tertre-Roteboeuf. When they came upon the somewhat rundown Roc de Cambes property in the late-1980s, François was convinced he’d found something special, and the wines made here—the products of a thorough replanting of vineyards and significant updating of the cellars—have borne that out. Today’s 2009, the product of a warm, generous vintage, is nothing short of a tour de force, richly concentrated yet pulsing with energy and freshness at the same time. Just now entering its sweet spot a few years shy of its 10th birthday, this wine has many years of opulent, elegant drinking ahead of it; whether it’s a new discovery for you or an old favorite, you’ll be thrilled to have some of this in your cellar. I have had many vintages of Roc de Cambes served blind alongside the most expensive wines from Bordeaux; it always blows people’s minds when the label is finally revealed. We have enough on hand to offer up to six bottles per customer until it sells out.