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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 2010
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Fresh and Fruity

Grape blend

100 % Sauvignon blanc.

Weather

Winter was harsh (many days with frost) and spring rather chilly. There was a great deal of sunshine in 2010 and a long period of drought from 21 June to late September, which was favourable for ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Clear, bright.

Nose

Rochemorin certainly warrants its rank among the top Pessac-Léognans, here showing its pedigree from the first wafts of ripe peach and nectarine on the nose, along with smoky, toasty notes.

Mouth

The palate is admirably balanced, crafted by a winemaker whose skill has melded remarkable richness with lingering freshness, instantly pleasurable.  May be drunk young, but can also be laid down for 7 or 8 years before enjoying with shellfish, panfried cèpes with lemon, or poultry. (January 2012)

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2012

2013 Edition - Château de Rochemorin  white 2010 : Fruity and balanced, rather soft, white 2010 pure sauvignon, mentionned.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2012
 - Note : 
14.00 / 20

Le Guide des vins de France 2013 - Attractive citrus, white peach and orange blossom aromas. Quite mineral, round, and aromatic on the palate. Although very crisp, it is also quite smooth.

The Wine Spectator : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 92.00 / 100

This has crunchy acidity holding the core of paraffin, macadamia nut, salted butter and verbena at bay for now, but serious focus and length should allow this to fill out easily. (James Molesworth)

Jancisrobinson.com : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Smoky, reduced but fun. Pushing the envelope and giving white burgundy a run for its money. Not long but racy and lively. Drink 2013-2016. (Jancis Robinson)

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

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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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