Chateau Cambon tastes of macerated apple, strawberry ice cream, hay, and stones. It is dense pure, direct, and savoury. In the mouth, Chateau Cambon has a great mouthfeel, tart acid, with a lot of upfront fruit. There is almost tannin perceptible but the good core of fruit carries through on the sooty, tart finish.
As far as Beaujolais goes, Chateau Cambon offers a lot more depth and complexity. It is definitely in the ‘natural’ sphere but carries fruit and cleanliness with the funk. It is a wine you can drink on its own or pair it with an aged gouda. I wouldn’t age Chateau Cambon.
Chateau Cambon 2020, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Chateau Cambon was originally planted as 3 parcels totalling 13 hectares in 1914 between Crus of Morgon and Brouilly. Despite not being in the ‘great villages’, the potential was seen by Beaujolais legend Marcel Lapierre. Lapierre roped in two other Beaujolais legends, Jean-Claude Chanudet and Joseph Chamonard, to buy and revive the estate in 1995. In 2017 vines in Brouilly were added to the holdings. Organic viticulture and low intervention/addition winemaking is the style here. The wines have fantastic depth and character. They do not taste like Burgundy, but they are very likely to be more impressive than any French wine at a similar price point. The wines do age gracefully.
Chateau Cambon 2020 Importer Notes
“From 50 year old vines all hand-harvested in October. Carbonic maceration occurs with natural yeasts in enamel tank (separate parcels). Some pumping over might be used to stimulate activity. All wine moved to foudre to rest on lees.”
Most famous for aromatic, light of body, high acid reds made from the Gamay variety. There is a Burgundian sensibility on Rhone soil types which makes for an exciting style. The quality wines are refreshingly tart with aromatic complexity and enough fruit weight to balance out the tartness. You do have the option of cellaring your quality Beaujolais, but often it is not required. The best wines are from the 10 Crus of the region with the lesser appellations being akin to an ocean in more ways than one. Whites from Chardonnay are available but hard to find.
Grown in the French regions of Beaujolais and Loire Valley. It is early budding, high cropping, aromatic and high acid. It was outlawed from Burgundy by Duke Philippe the Bold for being disloyal. But has no doubt made up for that with honourable service. The best wines from Gamay can be Burgundian in flavour and well worth seeking out. Often they are exceptionally good value too.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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