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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 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc.


Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment


Very pale colour with straw-yellow highlights.


Very forthcoming and attractive bouquet with exotic nuances and the pleasant impression of smelling a basket of ripe fruit.


The wine starts off smooth and full-bodied on the palate, going on to reveal its intrinsic elegance, which is confirmed by the long aftertaste. A superb bottle that will be all the more enjoyable with poultry or grilled fish. This wine can be kept for four or five more years, after which it will make a perfect partner for hard cheeses.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Advocate : 
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Tasted at the André Lurton tasting in London. The 2011 Rochemorin has such a pretty bouquet with delicate touches of white peach and yellow plum, perhaps even a hint of rosewater in the background. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with a fine thread of acidity. This is very harmonious with a judicious touch of lemongrass enlivening the finish. It does not quite have the length of a top white Pessac-Léognan but it does feel classy all the same-one of the best vintages in recent years. Tasted June 2017. (Neal Martin)

Le Guide Hachette : 

2014 Edition - This 2011 white is cited in the Guide. It has a typical Sauvignon Blanc nose of citrus, white peach and boxwood, accompanied by overtones of oak.

The Wine Spectator : 

Web Only - Takes a broader and slightly softer approach, with friendly lemon curd, straw and white peach notes backed by a floral edge on the finish. Drink now through 2014. (James Molesworth)

Other : 

Anthocyanins - A lively bouquet bursting with floral aromas. Lovely structure, richness, and good mouthfeel on the palate. Un lovely wine typical of the estate, but lacking in the personality that would give it an extra dimension.


best of class gold medal - 2014 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
Best of Class - Gold
Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014
gold medal -  2014 Concours des Grands Vins de France de Macôn
Concours des Grands Vins de France de Macôn 2014
bronze medal -  2014 Challenge International du vin de Blaye
Challenge International du vin de Blaye 2014

Consumption period

2013 - 2021

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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.