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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 of 2018 Château de Rochemorin red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 50% / Cabernet Sauvignon 50%

Weather

2018 est une des années les plus chaudes depuis 1900 : des températures plus élevées que la normale, un été 2018 classé au 2e rang des étés les plus chauds, un fort ensoleillement… À une pluviométrie abondante a succédé, dès juin, une sècheresse persistante, frôlant les records en septembre.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Beautiful, deep ruby-red colour.

Nose

Richness and complexity are the watchwords here! The initial impression on the nose is of mocha, vanilla, and liquorice aromas due to barrel ageing. Swirling in the glass reveals a delicious combination of perfectly ripe black and red fruit notes (blackcurrant, Morello cherry).

Mouth

Starts out very smooth on the palate. The sweetness of this wine serves as a testimony to high-quality, perfectly ripe grapes. Its richness mid-palate contributes superb volume, underpinned by fine, well-integrated tannins on the finish. Great length. This 2018 Rochemorin has excellent ageing potential. It is the perfect partner for steak in a Bordeaux wine sauce, duck confit or pigeon with spring onions.

Ratings and reviews

Markus Del Monego : 
07.04.2019
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Aromatic nose reminiscent of stewed elderberries and blackcurrants, discreet spiciness and hints of vanilla. On the palate well structured with ripe tannins, sweet fruit and mild spices, very pleasant on the palate.

Decanter : 
31.03.2019
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

(Jane Anson)

GreatBordeauxWines.com : 
31.03.2019
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 92.00 / 100

Izak Litwar

Consumption period

2022 - 2031

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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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