Cambon La Pelouse 2000
The 2000 vintage in Bordeaux is a gift that just keeps giving; it seems that we cannot find a wine from this phenomenal year which isn't performing beautifully and in the case of more ‘humble' wines, they are punching well above their weight. The latest treat we have uncovered is the superb Cambon Le Pelouse, a fine Haut-Medoc which, in the words of Robert Parker "is equivalent to many classified growths... Exhibiting sumptuous fruit, ripe tannin and a seamless texure."
The bottle that we opened in the office actually demanded decanting, such was the richness and relative youth of the wine, and after an hour it was singing. That this wine can be purchased for just £200 per case IB – or £190 if you take 2 or more – is quite astonishing. Wines of this quality and maturity at this price just don't come along that often; when they do it makes sense to grab a few cases for the cellar.
A 35-hectare estate not far from Chateaux Cantemerle and Giscours, it has the distinct advantage of gravel sub-soil – usually boasted by the finer properties close to the river, such as Latour and Ducru-Beaucaillou. This gives the wine a distinctive mineral quality which, despite the prevalence of Merlot in the blend, allows the wine to display its definite Left Bank character. Plump, ripe and with developing complexity, it's one of those wines which will never let you down whether it's a quick glass mid-week or Sunday's roast beef with the family.
This parcel was originally bought En Primeur by a major collector and stored at Octavian since release; it is currently lying in our cellars ready for delivery. At just over £21 per bottle including Duty and VAT, this is a very serious wine at a very smart price.
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Tasting Notes and Scores
Deep ruby colour – amazingly youthful. The nose is a delight, truly classic claret, with blackcurrant, cassis, wild raspberry and those distinctive gravel, pencil lead and tobacco notes. The palate is supple and satisfying with plenty of deep fruit and well judged acidity. The tannins have melted down but help retain a fine structure which makes this dangerously drinkable. An off-the-radar bargain which will deliver huge satisfaction.
The 2000, which has a slightly more saturated ruby/purple color than the 2001, is fleshier, with a more substantial mouthfeel. Exhibiting sumptuous fruit, ripe tannin and a seamless texture, this serious Haut-Medoc is equivalent to many classified growths.
– Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #146, April 2003)