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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 2009
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%.


While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment


Elegant purple colour.


Before agitation, the nose shows fruity notes of cassis, blackberry and raspberry, underpinned with smoky, mild tobacco notes.


On the palate, the main impression is of harmony and balance, from start to finish. The structure is certainly tightly-knit but balanced by the wonderful smoothness that characterizes the 2009s. Undoubtedly needs a couple more years before drinking with a confit of duck or grilled ribs with spiced butter. (January, 2012)

Ratings and reviews

Cuisine et Vins de France : 

André Lurton is a key figure in the appellation and owner of two estates. The 2009 vintage of his Cru Classé, Château Couhins-Lurton, is beautifully ripe, with hints of cocoa and velvety tannins. Rochemorin is well-balanced and more straightforward: the 2009 red is enjoyable for its freshness and personality, ripe tannins, and easy-drinking profile, while the white has the attractively marked floral character of Sauvignon Blanc.

Gault et Millau : 
 - Note : 
18.50 / 20

Generous, with a nose of red fruit, vanilla, and roasted nuances. Smooth and soft on the palate, but with great acidity and elegant tannin. Long spicy aftertaste.

Le Guide Hachette : 
 - Note : 


2013 Edition - A huge estate, over 100 hectares of vineyard, owned by the philosopher Montesquieu in the 18th century and currently the property of André Lurton, along with La Louvière and Couhins-Lurton. Shows remarkable balance ; the nose reflects the dominant varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, in its strong spicy overtones. The palate is generous, opening out over ripe tannins which augur well for the wine's aging potential.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Le Guide des vins de France 2013 - Extremely elegant with an attractive fruity and spicy nose. Full-bodied, soft and deliciously fresh on the palate with silky tannin.

The Wine Spectator : 
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Web only - This has gutsy, briary edges, offering lots of spice, mulled currant and fig fruit, with tangy, vibrant iron and juniper notes rippling through the finish. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2018. (James Molesworth)

La Revue du Vin de France : 

Seductive, characteristic of this appellation this vintage.

The Wine Spectator : 
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 93.00 / 100

Loads of blueberry and spices. Fresh sweet tobacco too. Complex. Full and velvety-textured young red, with lovely fruit and a balance of ripe tannins. I really like this. Best ever from here?(James Suckling)

Decanter : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20
 - Note : 






Fine deep colour, good lifted fruit in a supple style with fragrance and easy depth. Drink 2012-16.

Le Point : 
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Dry upfront, then lots of fruit, smoked bacon, rich with lots of depth, tasty, toasty, mouth watering, long, flavorsome. Begin drinking in 2014. Can age for at least 10 years.

Consumption period

2013 - 2024

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56.00 ha


Deep gravel


Grape harvest

By hand or mechanical with an automatic sorting system at reception


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


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

Fermentation temperature

28° to 30°C



Wine maturing

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

Wine montage


Maturing potential

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