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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 château de Rochemorin white 2005
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc.


The weather was ideal in 2005 and produced a superb vintage in Bordeaux. It was exceptionally dry for the region from winter to autumn. Sunshine was substantial starting in late spring. Summer temperatures were high, but there was nothing approaching a heat wave.

Tasting Comment


Brilliant golden yellow.


Aromas of acacia and peony, with grapefruit and candied citrus. Delightful ripe nose and balance. Some honey nuances add complexity.


The palate is admirably blended, mellow and balanced. A textbook Pessac white, suave and opulent, lingering. The vanilla oak is nicely blended in, making this the perfect match for turbot in butter sauce, spit-roast chicken or a tajine.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
 - Note : 




Formerly a fortified farm forming part of the Montesquieu demesnes, this estate is now owned by André Lurton. The 2005 shows vivifying verbena and citrus notes; upfront, the wine has a good balance of opulence and freshness, leading to a lovely Sauvignon palate with toasty notes from the barrel aging. Perfect in a couple of years with fish in sauce.

The Wine Spectator : 
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Intense aromas of lemon and lime, with vanilla and cream, lead to a full-bodied palate, with crème brulée, lemon and orange peel and a long finish of ripe apple. Drink now.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
 - Note : 
7.50 / 10

This 2005 shows good length and a fair amount of body.


2007 Decanter World Wine Awards
Decanter World Wine Awards 2007

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.