The 2016 de Camensac is bold and powerful, but also a bit rough around the edges. Super-ripe red cherry, tobacco, smoke, iron and grilled herbs give the wine some nuance, but it remains tough and unyielding, at least today. It would be nice to see a little more polish. Even so, the 2016 is nicely done. Tasted two times.
Robert Parker 90
The 2016 Camensac is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, picked from 27 September until 18 October at 42 hectoliters per hectare. There is a pastille-like purity on the nose: blackberry, briary and a light floral note coming through with time. The quality of the vintage shows through on the palate, which is very harmonious and demonstrates both excellent backbone and intensity. It builds in the mouth, maintaining plenty of freshness and with a mineral-driven finish. This is an excellent Château de Camensac and fingers crossed it will represent great value in the market once released.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2045