Cambon la Pelouse is located in Macau, between Chateau Giscours and Chateau Cantemerle, just outside the Margaux appellation. Mr de Cambon founded the estate during the French Revolution. Annick and Jean-Pierre Marie took it over in 1996 and made some great investments to renovate the property.
Jean-Pierre Marie (owner)
Date Founded: 1700
Owner: Jean Pierre Marie
Around 1650, the Seigneury of Lapelouze is owned by the sire of Antiège, the adviser and secretary of the king who sells it to Mr de Cambon. Before the French Revolution, the Domaine of Cambon belonged to Jean de Cambon-Lapelouze, the husband of Jacquette Julie Marie Chaperon of Saint-Julien. During the French Revolution, the estate will be seized as a national property and then returned to Jean de Cambon-Lapelouze. After the death of Jean de Cambon-Lapelouze, the estate is inherited by his only daughter, Coralie Marie Amélie of Cambon-Lapelouze (1803-1854) married to Jean Antoine Betge de Lagarde. The estate then goes to Pierre Marie Casimir Betge of Lagarde. At that time the estate measured 67 hectares and the vineyard spreaded over 35 hectares. In 1922, the estate was owned by Delaunay. In 1956, the vineyard was almost completely destroyed by the frost. At the end of the 1960s, the estate was taken over by the Carrère family and, starting in 1970, the vineyard was replanted. In 1974, the vineyard was in "fermage" with David Faure who continued to replant the vineyard. In 1996, the estate is sold by the Carrère association - that also owned Château Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac - to Annick and Jean-Pierre Marie, owners of Château Trois Moulins. In 2001, the estate is equipped with an effluent treatment plant. Since 2009, six hectares of the vineyard have been conducted in organic farming. The viticulture master is Guillaume Levasseur and the cellar master Olivier Pascaud.
Winery Acreage: 149
Varietals Produced: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Winemaker: Olivier Pascaud
The vineyard spreads over 60 hectares of vines with an average of 30 years. The soil is made of fine and larger gravel from the quaternary period. The vineyard is farmed under the "culture raisonnee" method (sustainable). Hand-harvesting, pruning, thinning out of the leaves, green harvesting, destemming ensure the perfect quality of the grapes.
52% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc
Aged 8 months in French oak barrels (1 year old barrels)
Wine Making Notes
Average age of vines: 19 years. Aged 8 months in French oak barrels (1 year old barrels)
2016 Chateau Trois Moulins Haut Medoc - 92 PTS - JS
"This offers some herbal notes with an array of red fruit and bell peppers. The palate has quite a taut build of fine tannins and delivers a sturdy, fine but firm texture at the finish. A blend of 45 per cent merlot, 40 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 15 per cent cabernet franc. Try from 2022." - James Suckling (February 2019), 92 pts
2016 Chateau Trois Moulins Haut Medoc - 90 PTS - VINOUS
"The 2016 Les Trois Moulins has a traditional cedar and pencil box scented bouquet, a little austere in the context of the vintage but well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, classic in style with graphite and cedar towards the finely sculpted finish. It is not going to win any "Wine of the Year" awards, but you will polish off a bottle at the dinner table. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. - Neal Martin" - Antonio Galloni's Vinous ("Where Value Lies: First Look At 2016 Bordeaux", October 2016), 90 pts
2015 Chateau Trois Moulins Haut Medoc - 91 PTS - WE
"Equally divided between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a seasoning of Cabernet Franc, this richly perfumed wine is juicy and full of blackberry flavors. From the same ownership as Cambon la Pelouse and in the southern Haut-Médoc, the wine will age well. Drink from 2021. - Roger Voss" - Wine Enthusiast (April 2018), 91 pts
2012 Chateau Trois Moulins Haut Medoc - 87 PTS - WE
"Produced by the same team as Château Cambon la Pelouse, this wine is already drinkable. With attractive black currant fruits and acidity, it is gently tannic with a dry core. The aftertaste is juicy and full of fruit. - RV" - Wine Enthusiast (September 2015), 87 pts