Displaying ripe black fruit aromas with a touch of coffee and toasted bread, the palate is fruity but with a subtle complexity and elegance.
Chateau Camensac are one of the less well known classified growths. It is a fifth growth in Haut Medoc, just north east of St Julian and in the past Michel Rolland consulted there. They only have plantings of cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the average vine age being 35 years old. They ferment in stainless steel vats then age the wine in a mixture of new and old oak barrels for 17-20 months. Medium bodied with a round mouth feel and gentle tannins. There are flavours of black fruit, earthy characteristics and slightly agricultural notes. A wine to enjoy now with roast meats.
While the Merlot in this wine is very rich, with superb aromatic complexity, the Cabernet Sauvignon which is dominant in this wine is a later ripening grape variety. This means it was able to benefit fully from the long period of fine autumn weather to ripen and develop full colour and flavour at its own pace.
(57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot)
The intense ruby colour of this wine leads the taster to predict a rich and powerful substance. Very expressive on the nose, the wine shows lovely notes of blueberries, blackcurrant, violet, followed by mineral hints and notes of grilled bread. On the palate, as predicted by the appearance, the wine is powerful, with a great elegance. It is perfectly balanced, medium bodied with velvet tannins and a long length, leaving a sensation of accomplished pleasure after tasting.
This wine has a beautiful purple red color. Its fragrance is complex, combining fruit notes with some aromatic freshness. His mouth, fleshy and velvety, giving way to a long and fruity finish.
An elegant purple tinted wine with a powerful nose of red and black fruits and subtle cedar and tobacco notes. On the palate it is spicy with lots of juicy fruit, good acidity and fine tannins.
Chateau Talbot, we trust, needs minimal introduction: a Bordeaux Quatrième Cru chateau (and a veritable institution) in Medoc’s St-Julien AOC. Their grand vin, or first wine, is a Bordeaux superstar: thing is, you’ll seldom find it at less than £50 a bottle … and then you need to cellar it for ten years. This, the Connetable, on the other hand, is the chateau’s second wine and this, the 2007, has been cellaring nicely; supple body, soft tannins: check. This is a big but complex wine, as you might expect from its heritage. It does all that you would expect of a big, Left Bank red – cedar, vanilla, tobacco boxes – yes, all of that – atop the cassis of the Cab Sauv and the plums of the Merlot.