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Today, Chateau Camensac is perhaps, one of the more obscure, 1855 Classified Growths in the Medoc. The original chateau which is still in use today was constructed in the 18th century. Chateau Camensac was purchased by the Forner family in 1965.
The Forner family first became active in winemaking in Spain, where they own the popular, Marques de Caceres winery. Marques de Caceres is located in the Rioja appellation of Spain. Their experience in the Spanish wine trade proved helpful in knowing what to do next, which was to renovate the estate and replant their vineyards.
They also modified the estates name slightly in 1988 when they changed it from, Chateau de Camensac to just Chateau Camensac. They also hired the successful wine consultant Michel Rolland as well. Michel Rolland does not consult Chateau Camensac today.
In 2005, Chateau Camensac was purchased by Jean Merlaut and his niece, Celine Villars Loubet. In 2014, Claire Thomas-Chenard joined the team as the director of the estate. Claire Thomas-Chenard is well-known for her work at Chateau Soutard and Chateau Larmande in St. Emilion.
The 65 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Camensac is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Previously, the vineyard featured other Bordeaux grape varieties, but based on the suggestion of Emile Peynaud, they reduced the number of different grape varietals to just two, which is what remains planted in their vineyard today.
Currently, the estate is slowly working on replanting the entire program which began in 2007, replanting up to 5 hectares at a time. By 2020, the average age of the vines was young. However, as the vines age, this should become a much better wine.
Chateau Camensac is situated slightly east of the southern tip of St. Julien appellation. In fact, their vineyards are not that far from Chateau Beychevelle. They are also close to other well-known Medoc vineyards including Chateau La Tour Carnet and Chateau Belgrave. The terroir of Chateau Camensac is mostly gravel based soils. They have gentle slopes in the vineyards that reach up to 23 meters at their peak.
The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. The goal is to maintain the average vine age at about 35 years of age. Picking is conducted using a combination of machine harvesting and manual pickers. Since 2016, the property has slowly been converting their farming to organic methods.
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