Château Cambon lies exactly between Château Cantemerle and Château Giscours. Also, their location is the highest hill of Macau, literally on the border of the appellation with Margeaux. Part of the vineyard (6 hectares) is managed organically, but it is not clear about the complete transition. Whether or not any organic grapes have been put into the ‘Cambon La Pelouse’ 2010 bottle is also not clear.
The grapes: Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) and Petit Verdot (3%) come from the oldest vines belonging to the Château (35 years on average), whose yield is limited to an average of 38 hectolitres per hectare. The year 2010 was relatively dry, but without an extreme summer, which directly influenced the great concentration (the average weight of grapes was 15% lower than in 2009), the beautifully developed aromas and appropriate level of acidity.
The maturity of the grapes was checked every day during the harvest period to choose the best moment of the vintage. After double selection and sorting, before the fermentation begins, the grape must did undergo a week-long cold maceration. After fermentation, the wine has been matured for a year on lees in oak barrels (some in new, some in used).
What is this wine really like, and is it worth these 22 € per bottle? In short and direct terms – absolutely. This 2010 is compared to the classically excellent 2005 (by the consulting oenologist (Claude Gros) himself). Even though 10 years have passed, “Cambon La Pelouse” is still young at the very beginning of its journey. Full body, high alcohol, deliciously rounded tannins, high acidity, which fantastically transports the entire aroma orchestra to our olfactory system. Did I mention the long finish?
The mentioned orchestra on the nose serves us as the first violin characteristic pepper aromas, cherry, dried plums. Then, in the background, a cedar tree, graphite and smoke rumble. One cannot ignore the yeast-like “bread” nuances. It is worth noting that to let this wine breathe a little, only then bright and still young raspberries appear on the palate. “Cambon La Pelouse” delivers fantastic value for money, a Médoc, for that price… uff!