I’ve had Cambon la Pelouse once that I can recall prior to this one last night. The 2002 and it was actually quite good and drinking well in an old school way a few years back. When an auction lot of four bottles of this came up last year I knew I couldn’t pass it up, and definitely overpaid relative to market value ($74 CAD/bottle all in), however on popping the cork last night with striploin steak for Valentine’s Day I was sure happy I had made the purchase. Definitely one of those Cru Bourgeois that could embarrass a classified growth if tasted blind. Some notes in CT mentioned notable oak which I didn’t find here at all. This was rocking from when the cork was popped through several hours in the decanter.
Thanks to those on this board who brought up this name a few times when discussing affordable and traditionally styled Bordeaux. You kept it front of mind for me.
2000 Château Cambon La Pelouse - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (2/14/2022)
This wine pours medium ruby with light bricking toward the rim. The nose is old school, mature bordeaux all the way showing cigar wrapper, green tobacco, dark cherry, mushroom, wet moss, black currant, celery seed, and old leather. Just beautifully classic and old school bordeaux in a totally open and mature style. Hugely appealing. The palate is fairly resolved showing medium minus tannin, medium acid and a fairly structured gravelly, black currant and tobacco laced finish. What a wonderful overachieving wine. I’m positive that if you slipped this in a tasting of traditionally styled second growths of a similar age but from a slightly a lesser vintage ('99, '01) this would fit right in which is a huge compliment. (92 pts.)