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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 2007
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc.

Weather

Although the first half of the year was exceptionally hot, temperatures were lower than seasonal averages starting in July. In fact, this was the coolest summer since 1989. Summer sunshine was slightly less than usual. A drought set in at the beginning of September.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Wonderfully crystalline, brilliant pale greeny yellow.

Nose

Complex, intense nose, citrus and floral (hyacinth, acacia), assorted fruits add to the complexity (apricots, white peach). Smoky, vanilla notes characteristic of the terroir and the oak aging.

Mouth

Balanced, elegant throughout, its smoothness and opulence are matched by freshness and excellent length. Fresh fruit notes (grapefruit, fruit salad) linger on the palate. Drink now and within the next five years. Will complement sophisticated fish dishes such as salmon steak with roast tomatoes and fennel, grilled croaker with asparagus, cream and caviar and also a simple dressed crab.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Enthusiast : 
01.10.2014
 - Note : 
87.00 / 100

A soft, gentle-textured wine, that has ripe fruit, flavors of pears and white peach, lifted gently by spice and open, fresh acidity. Not a wine for aging, but delicious this summer.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) -

The Wine Spectator : 
01.10.2011
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 90.00 / 100

Apples, lemons and melons on the nose. Same on the palate. Medium-bodied, with bright acidity and a medium finish.

Decanter : 
01.07.2010
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Another all-Sauvignon blanc wine, with oatmeal & almond and an apple fruitiness. The palate is bright, with toasty oak underpinning crisp citrus, juicy apple & pear fruit. Very drinkable but will age. 2010-2020

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2009
 - Note : 

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Formerly a farm belonging to the Montesquieu estates, this vineyard is planted on a Graves terroir overlaying the shelly sand typical of the appellation. The vines obviously do well here, and have produced an attractive wine, yellow-green, with a fresh nose of flowers, white peach and toasty overtones. The palate stays fresh while showing generous, elegant body. Drink now, will keep a few years more.

Decanter : 
01.07.2009
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Refined flowers, fruit and discreet spice. Crisp, calm and collected. Precisely weighted with a fine finish. Nice and steely. From 2010.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
87.00 / 100

A soft, gentle-textured wine, that has ripe fruit, flavors of pears and white peach, lifted gently by spice and open, fresh acidity. Not a wine for aging but delicious in the summer.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.06.2008
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 17.50 / 20

Superb nose of pear and peach, crisp yet opulent, lovely mineral notes and a long finish.

Medals

silver medal - 2010 Sommelier wine awards
Silver
Sommelier Wine awards 2010
prix d'excellence Vinalies 2009
Prix d'Excellence
Vinalies Internationales 2009
Gold medal - 2009 Challenge International du vin de Blaye
Gold
Challenge International du Vin 2009

Consumption period

2013 - 2017

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Ground

Surface

21.50 ha

Soil

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

Winemaking

Grape harvest

Hand Picking

Others

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

Fermentation

After settling, in oak barrels

Fermentation temperature

18 à 23 °C

Malolactic

No

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

Cellar master

Laurent BOUTHONNIER

Oenologist consultant

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

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