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Château de Rochemorin (2010)


Château de Rochemorin

Chateau : Château de Rochemorin

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 ofthe most reliable wines in the appellation, while remaining very affordable.

Surface : 56.00 ha
Soil :Deep gravel
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 : 18 years
Grape variety : Cabernet Sauvignon 35% / Merlot 65%.
Pruning type : Double guyot with debudding
Grape harvest : By hand or mechanical with an
Fermentation : In stainless-steel temperature
Fermentation temperature : 28° to 30°C
Malolactic : Yes
Wine maturing : For 12 months in oak barrels (30-40%
Wine montage : Eggwhites.
Maturing potential : Subject to vintage, expressive after 3
Cellar master : Laurent BOUTHONNIER
automatic sorting system at reception
controlled tanks with patented
cap-breaking system
new) with racking each trimester.
years, can age 10 to 20 years.

Vintage 2010

Wine style : Rich and Powerful
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.
Grape blend : Cabernet Sauvignon 60% / Merlot 40%
Oenologist consultant :Denis DUBOURDIEU (Professor at the Institut d' Œnologie de Bordeaux) and Valérie LAVIGNE

Tasting Comment

Appareance :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.
Consumption period 2013 - 2025
Our Suggestions White meats Game Cheese Red meats

Rating and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 01.09.2013
Note :
2014 Edition -
Overlooked by a former fortified farm belonging to Montesquieu, the vineyards atChateau 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 Andre Lurton, the vineyard is now quite large. The wine is full-bodied and well-structured. Theconcentrated 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. : 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)

See region detail: France >> Bordeaux >> Pessac-Léognan
See producer detail: Château de Rochemorinrin

Wine style:
A.O.C.- Pessac-Leognan
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
Chateau de Rochemorin





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