Roc De Cambes - 2012
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Cotes De Bourg AOC, Bordeaux, France
The little brother of Roc de Cambes, the Domaine was bought by François Mitjavile as the terroir mirrored that of the famous Tertre Roteboeuf. This is 6 hectares, classified as Bordeaux AOC, from the lower part of the vineyard, with vines sweeping down to the Gironde River. Manually harvested and aged in Radoux oak barrels. Not as concentrated as Roc de Cambes. Lively with loads of fruit sweetness, lush and rich.
- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
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Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf has humble beginnings. Having been inherited in 1961 by Francois Mitjavile's then girlfriend, she rented it out to her cousins who owned a neighbouring estate. Francois, meanwhile, was working in his family's successful haulage business but yearned for something different. After they married, they spent occasional weekends at her cousins Chateau, until they made the life-changing decision to reclaim her rightful heritage and began to establish their own estate.
Francois spent two years learning the nuts and bolts of winemaking at Chateau Figeac, and returned to Chateau la Tertre Rôteboeuf in 1977. After years of honing and perfecting their craft, the property became an overnight success in the mid 1980's. Francois is now one of the most respected winemakers in Bordeaux, and also owns Château Roc de Cambes in the Côtes de Bourg.
Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf produces just over 2,000 cases a year from it's tiny 5.7-hectares, which is situated on a steep slope on the edge of a limestone plateau. The grapes are harvested by hand and are fermented in temperature-controlled concrete tanks. Le Tertre Rôteboeuf is then aged in oak barrels for 18 months. Yields are kept very low and consequently this is one of the most concentrated wines to be found in Bordeaux.
One very important feature of La Tertre Rôteboeuf is that the harvest is very late, giving an almost raisin-like ripeness to the wine. This is because the soil is cold and ideally suited to Merlot. Like all the best winemakers, Francois is prepared to risk rain, and thereby the potential destruction of his crop, to achieve the result he wants. His views are summed up thus: “Let us see, what soil and weather have cooked together this year, and get the best possible out of it. The miracle comes first of all from Mother Nature”.
Chateau Roc de Cambes
Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf produces just over 2,000 cases a year from its tiny 5.7-hectares, which is situated on a steep slope on the edge of a limestone plateau. The grapes are harvested by hand and yields are kept very low. Consequently, this is one of the most concentrated wines to be found in Bordeaux.