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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 2009
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc.

Weather

While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

A bright, luminous pale yellow. Château de Rochemorin whites always show an attractive smoothness and delicate, lingering smoky notes, characteristic of the terroir, and the 2009 is no exception.

Nose

The intense, toasty, bread crust nose is mouthwatering.

Mouth

The palate reveals soaring notes of acacia blossom and grapefruit, an instant sensation of sweetness, guaranteed to please, blending fruit and smoky flavours, density and elegance. Drink now and for another twelve years, with white meats and seafood.

Ratings and reviews

Guide Hubert : 
01.10.2011

Greeny-gold colour, delicate fruity, spicy nose with attractive mineral character, aniseed, gingerbread and pineapple notes. The palate is ample, fleshy, fruity and vigourous, with fine balance and excellent length.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.06.2011
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Montesquieu, an acknowledged specialist in white wines, who lived for some years on the estate, would certainly have appreciated this vintage, whose intense fruit, honey and boxwood aromas won the approval of the tasting panel. Velvety and full-bodied, with admirable freshness, the palate shows plenty of character. Harmonious.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.06.2010

"Outstanding" - Smoky notes from the oak set off textbook. Sauvignon varietal aromas.

Decanter : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20
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Good clear lemon yellow colour, grapefruity and good clean finish. Drink 2010-13.

Consumption period

2013 - 2019

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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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