Chateau Camensac

Chateau Camensac is perhaps, one of the more obscure, 1855 Classified Growths in the Medoc . The original chateau which is still in use today, was constructed in the 18th century. Chateau Camensac was purchased by the Forner family in 1965. The Forner family first became active in wine making in Spain where they own the popular, Marques de Caceres winery. Marques de Caceres is located in the Rioja appellation of Spain. Their experience in the Spanish wine trade proved helpful in knowing what to do next, which was to renovate the estate and replant their Haut Medoc vineyards. They also modified the estates name slightly in 1988 when they changed it from Chateau de Camensac to just Chateau Camensac. They also hired the successful wine consultant Michel Rolland as well. Michel Rolland does not consult Chateau Camensac today. In 2005, Chateau Camensac was purchased by Jean Merlaut and his niece Celine Villars Loubet. In 2014, Claire Thomas-Chenard joined the team as the director of the estate. Claire Thomas-Chenard is well-known for her work at Chateau Soutard and Chateau Larmande in St Emilion.

Chateau Camensac is situated slightly east of the St. Julien appellation. They are not far from Beychevelle. The 65 hectare Left Bank vineyard in the Haut Medoc appellation is situated not far from Chateau La Tour Carnet and Chateau Belgrave . The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot . the planting of only two grape varietals was due to the suggestion of Emile Peynaud. The terroir of Chateau Camensac is mostly gravel based soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The vines are on average, 35 years of age.

The vinification of Chateau Camensac takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation is performed in a combination of vat and barrel. The wines of Chateau Camensac are aged for an average of 17 to 20 months in French, oak barrels that range from 35% to 70% new, French oak, depending on the character and the needs of vintage. The estate also produces a second wine , La Closerie de Camensac. The average annual production of Chateau Camensac is close to 20,000 cases per vintage.

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Chateau Camensac Haut Medoc 2014
91  James Suckling 
James Suckling 91“Aromas of plum cake and berries with hints of citrus. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish.” J.S.
Item Number: 28281
Bottle:$29.95
Case: $359.40
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Chateau Camensac Haut Medoc 2010
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91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89-91 "Possibly the finest Camensac I have tasted, the dense purple-colored 2010 offers loads of fruit (black currants and blackberries) intermixed with subtle notions of smoke, graphite and oak. Medium to full-bodied and rich, it is capable of lasting 15 or more years. It could turn

Chateau Camensac Haut Medoc 2005
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91-93 "A big, firm and hard wine, with solid fruits, layers of dry tannin and great power. There's an intensity to this wine with acidity adding to the complexity and structure." ~RV  "Space limitations did not allow complete tasting notes for this Grand Cru Classe, but 2005 is