This fifth growth Haut-Médoc property is very well placed: surrounded by other excellent classed growths such as La Tour Carnet and Belgrave, it also borders the Saint-Julien appellation.
It was for many years a claret of little interest. However, in 2005 it was bought by Jean Merlaut, one of the wisest men in Bordeaux, and his talented niece Céline Villars-Loubet who owns Chasse-Spleen. Circumstances have improved further still since 2009 when more rigorous production methods were introduced.
There are 75 hectares of vineyards in total on slopes of deep gravel. Camensac tends to be a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon (a figure that has risen since the Merlaut family took control) and 40% merlot. The wine spends 15 months in barrels, 40% of which are replaced each year, and can age for between five and 15 years. Quite robust, full and spicy, it gives pleasure at a reasonable price.