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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 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%.

Weather

Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

The garnet-red, almost black colour is indicative of tremendous concentration. 2011 is a great vintage at Château de Rochemorin.

Nose

This estate, restructured by André Lurton, has excellent sun exposure and the vines are carefully nurtured for slow, complete ripening. Everything possible is done to lock in the wine's fruity aromas. Thanks to the Merlot variety, this 2011 is already forthcoming and very elegant.

Mouth

The finesse on the nose comes through on the palate thanks to smooth tannin and delicious long-lasting fruity flavours combined with toasty nuances from barrel ageing. The finish is very balanced and persistent, and this La Louvière will be delightful with axoa veal stew, lamb chops, beef fillet, or calf's liver.

Ratings and reviews

TousPro : 
01.09.2015

Showing blackcurrant and cherry aromas accompanied by vanilla and toasted nuances, this wine goes very well with pâté, leg of lamb, and meat in a wine sauce, such as boeuf bourguignon.

Robert Parker : 
02.05.2014
 - Note : 
88.00 / 100

This estate, owned by the famous family of Andre Lurton, has produced a dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 offering an attractive bouquet of charcoal, cassis and plum. Composed of nearly equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this medium-bodied, well-balanced wine is a sleeper of the vintage to enjoy over the next 10-12 years.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.10.2013
 - Note : 
88.00 / 100

Velvety plum, blackberry and cocoa notes are meshed here, with a backdrop of tobacco that hangs through the finish. Drink now through 2020. (James Molesworth)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.04.2012
 - Note : 
14.00 / 20

Particularly classy, elegant fruit here, the palate is smooth, the tannins opulent and very fresh.

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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