Peter Maude Fine Wines
2019, Roc de Cambes, CÔTES DE BOURG
Bordeaux Blend: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Often close in quality to the same owner's top Saint Emilion, Le Tertre Roteboeuf. This Cotes de Bourg is head and shoulders the best wine of the appellation and very much a wine for those "in the know." Yves Beck, Swiss critic. 93-94.
The 2019 is a healthy 50hl/ha, with the blend 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ageing will be in 100% new French oak as usual. Deep ruby in colour with sweet and full nose of blackberry, vanilla, grilled meats and cinnamon. The palate is initially voluptuous in sweet black fruit before a cut of rich and mouthcoating tannins. This year the wine is chalky and dense on the palate, with impressive power and ripeness. It will need a few years in bottle before reaching its peak, but the long, smoky and fleshy finish shows that there is ample depth in fruit. 16.5/20 Farr Vintners.