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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 2008
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc.

Weather

The main features this year were humidity and cold. There were heavy rains in April and May (during the vegetative cycle) and a cool summer, especially in June and August. Warm, dry weather in September enhanced ripening

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Brillant pale yellow.

Nose

The delicate smoky notes typical of this estate are highlighted by elegant fruit and floral aromas. Subtle hints of acacia blossom, grapefruit and a plethora of citrus fruit aromas develop after agitation.

Mouth

The wine's opulence and structure are immediately striking, but without a trace of heaviness thanks to its delicious ripe fruit character (yellow fruits and more citrus). It is remarkably complex, with additional toasty notes complementing the fruit. Should be magnificent over the next few years, but can be savoured already with fish, poultry and other white meat, as well as hard cheeses. (January, 2010)

Ratings and reviews

Vinforum (Sweden) : 
01.03.2014
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Youthful and fresh pessac-léognan with elements of citrus, gooseberries, oak and a hint of honey and tropical fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied wine with nice freshness also in the mouth and warm and lightly oaky finish.

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

- Alain Marty -

Vins et Vignobles : 
14.02.2012
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The generous and rich notes of lime and linden tree flowers aromas reveals fruity flavours coated with freshness. It is a very elegant ending touch with a slightly woody and spicy scent. It is a typical wine that is savoured and shared accompanied with appetizers, or with a seafood platter as an entrée. (Janine Saine)

Gault et Millau : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

This estate's white is consistently rich in aromas, with a nose of white flowers and tropical fruits. The palate is refreshing, crisp and elegant, with fine oak and good length.

Le Guide Hachette : 
02.09.2010

This historic vineyard, now entirely renovated by André Lurton, surrounds an ancient fortified manor with a distinguished pedigree: among its former owners, Clémence de la Boétie, whose nephew was the close friend of the philosopher Montaigne, and Montesquieu himself, who lived there for several years. Our tasters are regularly captivated by its wines, in particular the whites. This 2008, crafted in an ultra-modern cellar, shows a harmonious blend of barrel aging and varietal aromas from the Sauvignon of white flowers and wild peach. The palate is complex, the structure full and silky, with peach again as a delightful coda to the crisp finish.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 17.50 / 20

Complex nose of ripe peach and pear with spicy overtones. Attractive mineral character. This attractively balanced white shows a fruity, rich, mouthwatering palate, fresh and long, both powerful and elegant.

Consumption period

2013 - 2018

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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

12 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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