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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 2008
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Soft and Sensual

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%.

Weather

The main features this year were humidity and cold. There were heavy rains in April and May (during the vegetative cycle) and a cool summer, especially in June and August. Warm, dry weather in September enhanced ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Château de Rochemorin red 2008 shows intense colour and a powerful bouquet.

Nose

After aeration, attractive hints of ripe red fruits and violet from the perfectly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon are revealed.

Mouth

The palate is charmingly soft and elegant, though the wine has enough concentration to give a balance which renders it immediately approachable. There is plenty of lingering red fruit, with a savory vanilla note from the oak. Delicious with an entrecote aux cèpes or a veal cutlet with morilles.

Ratings and reviews

Gault et Millau : 
01.06.2013
 - Note : 
13.50 / 20

A classic, firm, well-structured wine. Nose of red fruit, tobacco and violets. Elegant, concentrated, soft and flavoursome on the palate with a delicious touch of coffee on the finish.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

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

Guide Hubert : 
01.10.2011

Nose both subtle and rich, very pleasant fruit and good mineral character, palate balanced, mouthwatering and ample, with attractive tannins, fruit and good length. Very good.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
from 13.00 to 15.00 / 20

Top wines of the vintage 2008 - Lovely melting harmony of ripe fruit with spicy and floral notes. Firm, rich palate, good fruit, well-behaved tannins and plenty of grip.

Le Point : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Licorice, red fruits, soft palate, mellow, pretty fruit, this is a well-crafted wine for the vintage, not too much extraction, fresh, delicate. 2013/10 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Medals

silver medal - Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2011
Silver
Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2011

Consumption period

2013- 2023

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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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