2016 Chateau Roc de Cambes, Cotes de Bourg (Bottle)

France Bordeaux Cotes de Bourg

The 2016 Roc de Cambes is powerful, tightly wound and closed in on itself. That should not be an issue, but readers should be prepared to be patient. Iron, smoke, tobacco, cedar, menthol and licorice all add aromatic nuance to a core of dark fruit. I also tasted a bottle that had been opened two days prior. There I found a wine of amplitude and breadth. This is another superb 2016 from the Mitjavile family.

2016 Chateau Roc de Cambes, Cotes de Bourg (Bottle)

The 2016 Roc de Cambes is powerful, tightly wound and closed in on itself. That should not be an issue, but readers should be prepared to be patient. Iron, smoke, tobacco, cedar, menthol and licorice all add aromatic nuance to a core of dark fruit. I also tasted a bottle that had been opened two days prior. There I found a wine of amplitude and breadth. This is another superb 2016 from the Mitjavile family.

France Bordeaux Cotes de Bourg
Producer Chateau Roc de Cambes
Sub-Region Cotes de Bourg
Region Bordeaux
Country France
Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend
Vintage 2016
Colour Red
Style Medium, Dry

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Vinous

The 2016 Roc de Cambes has a lovely bouquet of blackberry, dark chocolate, wilted rose petals and subtle minty top notes. The palate is medium-bodied with furry tannins. A voluminous, mouth-filling wine, revealing sage and leathery notes toward the substantial finish. This was a divisive wine at the tasting, but personally, I find it very attractive. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

92 Points / Drinking 2022 - 2050

By Neal Martin / August 2020

Vinous

The 2016 Roc de Cambes is powerful, tightly wound and closed in on itself. That should not be an issue, but readers should be prepared to be patient. Iron, smoke, tobacco, cedar, menthol and licorice all add aromatic nuance to a core of dark fruit. I also tasted a bottle that had been opened two days prior. There I found a wine of amplitude and breadth. This is another superb 2016 from the Mitjavile family.

94 Points / Drinking 2022 - 2036

By Antonio Galloni / January 2019

Vinous

The 2016 Roc de Cambes was mighty impressive from barrel. Bottled in August 2018, it has retained a beguiling bouquet of perfumed red plum, blueberry, tayberry and light estuarine scents, plus a tang of a cold northern sea. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet candied opening, dark chocolate and even toffee subtly interwoven into the red fruit. The spicy finish features a healthy sprinkling of black pepper. This is an outstanding Roc de Cambes that, dare I suggest, is going to give Tertre-Rôteboeuf a run for its money.

93 Points / Drinking 2022 - 2050

By Neal Martin / January 2019