2012 Roc de Cambes, Côtes de Bourg

SKU #1264524 93 points Vinous

 A dark, imposing wine, the 2012 Roc des Cambes is distinctly dark and brooding. Black cherries, smoke, licorice, tar and dark spices fleshed [?]. Vertical in style and quite structured, the 2012 could use another few years in bottle to fully come together, which will also help the chewy tannins to integrate a bit more fully. Roc des Cambes is 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec that spend 18 months in 100% new French oak. (AG)  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Tasted blind. Lively blackish ruby. Very rich and sweet. Flattering and round with masses of dramatic ripeness even if it’s pretty dry on the end. Quite dramatic. (JR)  (1/2016)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2016 | Send Email
A sweet nose of cherries, chocolate and vanilla followed by a palate rich in cocoa, cherries, and incense. Still has its minerality and earthiness in check. A beautiful wine, with lots of complexity

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Owned by the Mitjavile family of Tertre Rotebouef fame. This Cotes de Bourg wine (now called cotes de Bordeaux) is 89% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon so it is a big wine for the vintage. With decanting it blossoms into a very rich and satisfying red-perfect with a short rib dish. Small property, but big and delicious wine.
Drink from 2017 to 2030

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