Château Campillot Médoc 2008

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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. With more clay interspersed with the classic gravel soils of Saint-Estèphe here, cabernet sauvignon and merlot are grown in equal parts, along with tiny amounts of cabernet franc and petit verdot. The wine aged in French oak barrels, about 20% new, for 12 months.

Dark ruby in the core, paler garnet at the rim. The classic Bordeaux bouquet suggests red berries, black cherries, violets, cedar, and tobacco. The medium-weight, richly textured palate has berry, plum, herb, and tobacco flavors with fine tannins adding gentle grip. The tannic structure suggests this is reaching maturity and entering a great drinking period where it should remain for a half decade or longer. This would be terrific with cassoulet or a rich beef stew.