Roc de Cambes, 2008

Bourg, Bordeaux, France

Roc de Cambes, 2008

Bourg, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12


Grape Varietes: Merlot 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Francois Mitjavile Optimum Drinking: 2019-2030 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: Stephen Tanzer Code: 103120
Estate Notes

Roc de Cambes 2008 comes from a very good Right Bank Bordeaux vintage and was purchased in its original wooden cases.

Roc de Cambes is one of the finest estates in the right bank Bordeaux satelite appellation of the Côtes de Bourg and is under the perfectionist winemaker Francois Mitjavile (proprietor of the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Le Tertre-Rôteboeuf).

The Côtes de Bourg is a beautiful undulating district dotted with late Medieval fort ruins and commanding stunning views over the Gironde Estuary. Bourg is a lesser-known, underrated Bordeaux district, and, like its neighbour Blaye, its top producers offer very good quality and great value-for-money Claret. 

Francois Mitjavile's estate comprises 10 hectares of old vines on a south-facing slope in a natural amphitheatre facing the Gironde. Here, Mitjavile picks his grapes as late as possible to maximise ripeness and concentration, and the resulting wines are rich, stylish and full-bodied.


"Black raspberry with strong torrefaction notes of mocha, smoke, coffee and chocolate. Lush, sweet and mouthfilling, with broad, palate-saturating raspberry and mocha flavors lifted by pepper and herb nuances. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and a linger mocha flavor. A superb vintage for this property..." Stephen Tanzer

"The 2008 Roc de Cambes has an attractive, undergrowth-tinged bouquet with dark berry fruit, hints of brine and wild fennel emerging with time, gaining complexity with every swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, fine acidity, still quite stocky for a Roc de Cambes but fresh and generous on the herbaceous, bell pepper tinged finish. There is something a little rustic about this vintage although that merely imparts charm." Neal Martin

"I have been a big believer in this Cote de Bourg made by the obsessive/compulsive Francois Mitjavile, who is better known for his outstanding small St.-Emilion estate, Le Tertre-Roteboeuf."