Château Campillot Médoc 2008

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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot

Localization: Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Tasting notes: Refined nose combining fresh and ripe fruit with more spicy notes. Opens quickly with air. Integrated palate with elegant tannins and a lot of softness. Expressive fruit underlined by a discrete toast. Nice flavourful length...

Food pairing: This would be terrific with cassoulet, a rich beef stew or your BBQ

Château Campillot is in the northern Médoc village of Saint-Germain d’Esteuil, north and west of Saint-Estèphe and Pauillac. The property is owned and operated by Jean-Dominique Videau, who also runs the famed classified-growth Château Branaire-Ducru in Saint Julien. 

New York Times articleBy most reports the 2008 vintage was pretty good: classically styled, which, in Bordeaux parlance, means these were not of the ultra-ripe, extravagantly fruity persuasion but more medium-bodied, with the sort of acidity that can make the wines seem fresh and lively. Best of all, the 2008 wines were less expensive than those from many of the surrounding vintages, although (fair warning) we are talking about Bordeaux. Less-expensive Bordeaux is still very expensive wine.

We decided to focus on the wines of Médoc, the heart of classic cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux, which includes prestigious communes like Pauillac, St.-Julien, Margaux, and St.-Éstèphe, along with lesser-known satellite regions.