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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.


2013 château de Rochemorin white label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon blanc

Weather

There was record rainfall during the first half of 2013. Spring was very cool, even cold (May and June), and this caused a major delay in vine growth (flowering). Much more clement weather (warm and sunny) arrived in July and lasted until the harvest.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

This 2013 is a brilliant, clear, pale yellow colour with silver highlights.

Nose

The nose is lovely and fresh, revealing overtones of white flowers (acacia), apricot, peach, citrus (grapefruit), and honey. This wine successfully reflects Pessac-Leognan's great gravelly terroir.

Mouth

It is smooth and well-balanced on the palate, with a host of flavours (apricot, peach, citron, and a slight saltiness on the finish). Exceedingly fresh, this 2013 provides great pleasure and is in its element with seafood, fish, and cheeses.

Ratings and reviews

Guide Hubert : 
30.04.2015
 - Note : 
4.00 / 5

2015/2016 Edition - Very classic and elegant with a subtle bouquet of pistachio, mango, citrus, menthol, and smoke. The aromatics follow through on the palate, which displays a soft, tight tannic texture, a long aftertaste, and plenty of vivaciousness.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
14.04.2014
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Nose of citrus, acacia blossom, and minerals. Attractively full-bodied and aromatic on the palate.

Decanter : 
14.04.2014
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Good clear and lifted fruit. Drink: 2014-2015. (Steven Spurrier)

Falstaff Magazin : 
01.04.2014
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 89.00 / 100

Light green nuances and silver highlights, but unfortunately a yeasty note detracts from the flavour. Smoky, spicy overtones as well as hints of fresh grapefruit zest and green sweet peppers. Lively white fruit on the palate with crisp acidity, depth, and a lemony touch on the finish. A versatile summer wine. (Peter Moser)

Consumption period

2015 - 2021

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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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