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87-90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - April 2013
(50% cabernet sauvignon and 50% merlot): Bright red-ruby. Blackcurrant, red cherry, licorice and violet on the nose. Juicy, spicy and vibrant, with good cut and acidity framing the primary dark berry and mineral flavors. Not especially fleshy, but not underripe either, and the finish is long and precise. You'd never guess that this is aging in 100% new oak here, which immediately announces that this wine is a major success in a year like 2012. However, the wine was slated to remain in those new barrels for 15 months and I fear that that may be too much. This is the first vintage where the talented Hubert de Bouard of Angélus was involved, and I hope he'll rethink the oaking regimen for this very clean, beautiful wine, at least in this lighter vintage. L'Aura de Cambon comes from a 0.5-hectare vineyard surrounded by vineyards owned by Brane-Cantenac, Boyd-Cantenac and Margaux. The soils are mainly clay with some gravel, and the vineyard is planted with equal parts merlot and cabernet sauvignon, at a high density of 8,000 vines per hectare. As the vines were only planted in 2001, this is clearly a property to follow. Jean-Pierre Marie, the owner of Cambon de Pelouse, purchased this property in 2006.