Roc de Cambes | Côtes de Bourg, France
Roc de Cambes is the Côtes de Bourg property of François Mitjavile (St-Emilion's Tertre Rôteboeuf) and there is certainly something reminiscent of Tertre Rôteboeuf here, albeit on a larger scale; a natural amphitheatre with a perfect aspect overlooking the Gironde.
Roc de Cambes comprises fourteen hectares of old vines (45 years old on average), which are planted on the most highly reputed slope of the Côtes (les Croutes), where the heat of the sun on the slope is regulated by the effects of the estuary, permitting regular growth and wonderfully ripe, concentrated fruit.
François’ experience and proven philosophy is firmly evident in his approach at Roc de Cambes, controlling vigour and picking often as late as a month after his neighbours to achieve the desired fruit concentration. The finished results though are a testimony to his beliefs and consequently Roc de Cambes is in a class of its own and a truly great wine by any standards.