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Château de Rochemorin White

The wines of Rochemorin were much appreciated in the 18th century by the lord of the manor, who was none other than Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu. The famous philosopher and author of "The Spirit of the Laws" was full of praise for these vivacious aromatic wines. You too will be delighted with the honeysuckle, blackcurrant bud, pineapple, apple and pear flavours that combine marvellously on the palate. The wines are also full-bodied, juicy and very fresh.  The smoky finish reflects the unique gravel terroir in Pessac-Léognan.

label of 2004 Château de Rochemorin white
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc


The winter of 2004 was marked by below-average temperatures and a water déficit. Summer weather was quite variable, but was not very hot. Sunshine was good in july, but there were heavy showers in August. September was remarkably warm with plenty of sunshine and high night-time temperatures.

Tasting Comment


Fresh straw colour, with green highlights.


Elegant, intense nose, with honeysuckle, verbena, broom flower, iris, acacia blossom. Melting oak, toasty, smoky notes.


Rich, opulent, dense, smoky, citrus and fennel also on the palate. Good balance. Fresh upfront, elegant, balanced. More verbena, limeblossom, tropical fruit, lemon, vanilla. Drink now, to accompany a grilled dorado with sundried tomatoes or, more original, coddled monkfish with wild thyme.

Ratings and reviews

Guide des Vins Gilbert & Gaillard 2007 : 

Pale yellow. Subtle nose, floral and citrus. Pleasantly mellow palate, intense notes of citrus and sweet spice. Harmonious, ready to drink.

Decanter : 
 - Note : 





Highly recommended _ Lean, elegant, oaky nose, apples, hazelnuts, apricot. Medium bodied, sleek, lovely texture and fruit, quite concentrated, good acidity. The oak gives complexity and a long elegant. 2-10 years.

Le Guide Hachette : 
 - Note : 



This estate now boasts brand new cellars, easily located thanks to the bell turret, between Léognan and Martillac. This vintage was made before their inauguration, but is no less successful for all that. The nose, dominated by citrus, shows a boxy note that evokes its 100% Sauvignon origins, and a toasty nuance from the oak. A lingering note of William pear adds extra richness to the ensemble. Rich, fresh and lively, the palate is a guarantee of the wine's potential for aging. Albeit a little austere, though well crafted, the Red 2003 also gets a mention.

La Revue du Vin de France : 

Ample and full on the palate, light fruit, balanced yet detectable oak.

Consumption period

Drink today.

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21.50 ha


Deep gravel slopes with limestone outcrops at the foot of the slopes


Grape harvest

Hand Picking


Graft stock

Riparia gloire - 3309 -161.49

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

13 years

Grape variety

Sauvignon blanc

Pruning type

Double Guyot


After settling, in oak barrels

Fermentation temperature

18 à 23 °C



Wine maturing

For 10 months in oak barrels (35% new) on full lees with bâtonnage

Wine montage

Tartaric precipitation by cold treatment

Maturing potential

Excellent after 2 to 5 years, can age 12 to 15 years

Oenologist consultant

Denis DUBOURDIEU (Professor at the Institut d'Œnologie de Bordeaux) et Valérie LAVIGNE.