Château Cambon la Pelouse is a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionelle wine estate based in the Haut-Médoc commune of Macau, north of Bordeaux city
The vineyard is well placed in the commune of Macau, not far from Chateau Cantemerle and Chateau Giscours. On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vines are young because the majority of the vineyard was replanted in 1975.
The vineyard needed replanting because after it was decimated in the frost of 1956, the vineyard was abandoned, as it was too costly to replant for the owners at the time. It remained fallow until it was purchased by Jean Pierre Marie.
The terroir is mostly gravel and soils with small rocks and stones. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of between 5,000 vines per hectare and 7,000 vines per hectare. The higher levels of vine density are for the newer plantings. Like all Bordeaux estates, the blend changes from year to year.
Treasury Wine Estates must be delighted that their first investment in Bordeaux became one of only 14 crus bourgeois exceptionnels last year. The Australian company, probably best known for owning Penfolds and in expansive mode, bought the Haut-Médoc estate in 2019, and within a year the château had achieved top status in the latest ranking, which will apply to five vintages starting with the 2018.