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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 2010
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%.

Weather

Winter was harsh (many days with frost) and spring rather chilly. There was a great deal of sunshine in 2010 and a long period of drought from 21 June to late September, which was favourable for ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Charles de Montesquieu made wine at Rochemorin, but we have no way of knowing if it was as deeply-coloured as this 2010's brilliant garnet-red hue.

Nose

There are morello cherry and redcurrant nuances on the nose and the wine is well-focused and attractive on the palate. The oak is definitely understated and harmonious.

Mouth

The flavour starts out very smooth and goes on to show a rich mouth feel with soft tannin. 2010 Rochemorin deserves to age for several years to become more complex and tasty, at which point it will make a wonderful partner to guinea fowl or a game stew.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 

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2014 Edition - Overlooked by a former fortified farm belonging to Montesquieu, the vineyards at Château de Rochemorin almost disappeared for good in the early 20th century because the owners at the time thought it more profitable to grow a pine forest there... Purchased in 1973 by André Lurton, the vineyard is now quite large. The wine is full-bodied and well-structured. The concentrated colour entices the taster to discover the attractive bouquet of black fruit, spice, and toasty oak from barrel ageing. The wine starts off smooth and elegant on the palate, with tannin that has already lost most of its rough edges. It will undoubtedly gain more complexity with three or four more years in bottle.

Gault et Millau : 
01.06.2013
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

A bouquet of ripe red fruit and spice with balsamic and empyreumatic overtones. Starts out quite soft, but asserts itself more on the aftertaste. Excellent, very smooth tannin. A little bottle age will make this wine even more enjoyable.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.04.2013
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Web only - Boasts a tobacco and roasted cedar frame, with a sanguine edge that guides the lightly mulled plum and red currant fruit.The supple, stylish finish lingers. Drink now through 2022. (James Molesworth)

Other : 
03.01.2013

Anthocyanins - Intense, aromatic bouquet with hints of red-berry fruit. Lovely spicy overtones on aeration. Pure, clean and crystalline on the palate. A lovely wine.

Le Point : 
01.05.2011
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Red fruit, full palate, smooth, mellow, elegant, delicate, well-rounded fresh tannins, lively generous finish. Drink from 2013 - Should last 15 years - (Jacques Dupont)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.05.2011
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

The nose is both powerful and elegant, with lovely ripe fruit, some mineral notes, with peony and toasty oak. The palate is soft and full, with a magnificent tannic underlay, freshness, length and excellent balance. A fine wine.

Jancisrobinson.com : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Very dark purple. Scented and ripe. Attractive mix. Sweet start and just a little facile and oaky toasty. Sleek and easy - Drink 2015-2022 - (Jancis Robinson)

The Wine Spectator : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 90.00 / 100

Exhibits dark, winey aromas, with overt anise and plum sauce aromas and flavors backed by dark charcoal and roasted vanilla notes. There's more on the end than in the middle right now. (James Molesworth)

Consumption period

2013 - 2025

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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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