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Château de Rochemorin Red

Château de Rochemorin belonged to the great philosopher and writer Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, in the 18th century. Among other famous works, he was the author of the "Persian Letters". Montesquieu was a fine ambassador for the red wines of Rochemorin among his friends, acquaintances and the notables he met during his trips throughout Europe, never forgetting to praise the beautiful complexity and mineral characteristics of his wine, so typical of the Graves terroir. Its beautiful aromatic expression, accompanied by a well-balanced and elegant palate make this one of the most reliable wines in the appellation, while remaining very affordable.


label château de Rochemorin red 2005
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%.

Weather

The weather was ideal in 2005 and produced a superb vintage in Bordeaux. It was exceptionally dry for the region from winter to autumn. Sunshine was substantial starting in late spring. Summer temperatures were high, but there was nothing approaching a heat wave.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Deep bordeaux colour, a few brick highlights.

Nose

Berry, cherry, cassis nose, with tobacco, toasty, woodsmoke and spices.

Mouth

Opulent, generous upfront, melting, elegant tannins. Complex and structured. Lots of fruit, with hints of leather. Characteristic Rochemorin. This is the first vintage vinified in the new cellars, and the first to benefit from the "tribaie" sorting machine. Already mature, drinking well now but will last at least ten more years. Perfect with a variety of dishes, in particular country-roast pork.

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
15.50

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) -

Decanter : 
01.12.2008
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
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Sweet vanilla and ripe fruit. Leafy freshness then rich and full palate. Oak still dominant and some heat on the finish. From 2011 - 2018.

Le Figaro : 
01.11.2008

Remarkable vintage, plethora of young, lively fruit over a well-structured palate. Voluptuous, very attractive. (Janine Saine)

The Wine Spectator : 
01.03.2008
 - Note : 
89.00 / 100

Aromas of blackberry, tobacco and coffee fallow through to a full body, with soft, round tannins and a chocolate, berry and smoke aftertaste.

The Wine Spectator : 
30.06.2006
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

Very pretty berry and spice character, with Indian spice undertones. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a medium fruity finish. Best red ever from here? (James Suckling) 

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

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Ground

Surface

56.00 ha

Soil

Deep gravel

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand or mechanical with an automatic sorting system at reception

Others

Graft stock

101.14 - Riparia Gloire - 3909

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact

Plant density

6,500 to 8,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

20 years

Grape variety

Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Petit Verdot

Pruning type

Double guyot with debudding

Fermentation

In stainless-steel temperature controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system

Fermentation temperature

28° to 30°C

Malolactic

Yes

Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (30-40% new) with racking each trimester.

Wine montage

Eggwhites.

Maturing potential

Subject to vintage, expressive after 3 years, can age 10 to 20 years.

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