The 2016 Roc de Cambes is a blend of 20% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 65% Merlot picked on 11 and 12 October, except the Cabernet was picked on 19 October, and matured in 100% new oak. It has a rich and opulent bouquet with black cherries, kirsch, touches of fresh fig, and desiccated orange peel. The palate is sweet on the entry with a lot of sucrose-like texture, almost sorbet-like with blood orange infusing the red berry fruit. There is good structure here, plenty of fruit, much more primal than many of its peers. This was a sample that was difficult to read, so I will reserve judgment until later.
The outstanding wine of its appellation, Roc de Cambes is made by the meticulous, eccentric, and inspired François Mitjavile, who is perhaps more famous for Tertre Roteboeuf in Saint-Emilion. He bought the latter in 1978, shortly after he first settled in Bordeaux, and acquired Roc de Cambes less than ten years later in 1987. It required a lot of work, so much so that François didn't celebrate his first vintage there until 1989.