Full bright ruby. Pungent oak, espresso, bitter chocolate and graphite on the nose. Dense and firmly built, with a strong core of sappy spices. In a tougher style than the '99 but finishes quite long, with tongue-dusting tannins. This is really amazingly strong for a wine from the Cotes de Bourg.
Robert Parker 91
This wine performed significantly better than it did last year. This sleeper of the vintage merits considerable interest. This is the finest Roc de Cambes produced since their terrific 1990. Proprietor Mitjavile’s Cotes de Bourg estate (he is also the proprietor of Le Tertre Roteboeuf) has produced an exotic, flamboyant, explosively rich 1998. It boasts dazzling aromatics of coffee, jammy berry fruit, incense, fudge, and spice. This hedonistic effort reveals no hard edges, a seamless texture, and plenty of juicy, succulent fruit. It is impossible to resist. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2001-2009
Dry end to the summer. Straight and spicy. ‘More strict than the more generous 99’, says Mitjavile. Deep bricky crimson. Much more spicy on the nose with a little bit of fresh leafiness. Tobacco. Lovely fruit-cake sweetness. Deep, sweet chocolate texture, still some chew but also caressing. Shorter finish than the 1997 and with velvety firmness. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025