2003 Château de Rochemorin Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux
More lightly in length, but just as seriously in the tasting approach and the authenticity in my opinion on the wine that is given.
This barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc wine from the Graves area of the Bordeaux region, France comes is a very shiny gold yellow color. Bright and transparent but showing a few signs of its age through its golden hues.
The nose is dominated by intense nutty aromas and pine notes. Floral notes of fresh and lifted acacia honey. Much tropical notes too: fresh mango and dried pineapple. Let’s add some fresh pear to it too to translate how fresh and lively the nose actually feel.
Sure there is some evolution in there, but this adds depth rather than bothering the smell.
Yet the palate is the real revelation in this wine. It’s true that the waxy and fennel notes are a little too dominant at first, betraying the wine’s relatively advanced aged for a white wine.
But passed the first impression, loads of rich ripe tropical fruits kick in, mixed with plenty of earthy spices for a complex and interesting experience.
Mid-body with good acidity, dry but with richness from the tropical fruit notes and quite an oily texture, it feels very well balanced and somewhat luscious.
The finish reveals a wealth of vanilla oaky flavors and silky tannins. It’s striking how fresh the oaky sensation has remained here, and how intensely oaky and leesy it has stayed defying time (this wine was fermented in barrel and aged in its own lees in barrel for many months).
A mid-bodied Sauvignon Blanc wine that still offers loads of depth and herbal and tropical notes aplenty. It has survived time like great Graves whites do: adding layers of rather unique complexity, quite hard to describe but terribly enjoyable for those who are able to give it enough attention past the signs of fennel-like and waxy evolution characters.