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Camensac 2008, Haut Medoc 5th Growth

Ripe, spicy and ripe. Lovely mix of red and dark fruit(Merlot 50%, Cabernet 50%). Lingering sweet spice(50 to 75%% new oak; cru level of ageing from 17 to 20 months). Some elegance and intensity on the finish. Clean, modern aftertaste.

Quite some USPs. Cheap with excellent value; dense planting(10,000 vines per hectare); next to Beychevelle; Rolland consulted; mysterious and good.

This vintage gives some volume(13% abv) and straightforwardness on the palate, compared to the more silky and mineral-driven Cantermerle 2008. Both chateaux are of 5th Growth and are close to St Julien.

Score not bad. WS92.

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