In this Chateau de Rochemorin Bordeaux wine review, we discuss ideal food pairings, tasting notes and give a brief overview of the Bordeaux region.

Chateau de Rochemorin Bordeaux Review 2009Chateau de Rochemorin 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine Review from the Left Bank of Bordeaux, France.

This was a real treat.  One of the more gorgeous, perfectly balanced Bordeaux red blends I’ve had in a long time.  Possibly the best I’ve ever had, at least for a 2009 Bordeaux under $25.

A 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot blend, this is a Bordeaux red wine from the Left Bank of the Bordeaux growing region.

A brief background on Bordeaux — it’s divided into two major growing areas.  2009 and 2010 were some of the best years of all time for Bordeaux growers.  Wines that are produced on the Left Bank, which is South West of the Gironde River, tend to produce some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon dominant red blends in the world.  Right Bank vineyards more commonly produce Merlot dominant red blends.  Both areas make gorgeous wine, but the terroir (or soil composition) sets the two apart greatly.  We’ll go more into that in another post.  For now, onto tasting notes with the Chateau de Rochemorin 2009 Bordeaux.

Chateau de Rochemorin 2009 Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine shines bright with an elegant ruby color.  A subtle purple hue becomes evident as the wine is poured.  The aroma of this wine is sexy… and I don’t always say that.  It smells like a perfume.  Crushed violet, velvet, a bouquet of geraniums and rich cherry dance on the nostrils.  I sniffed this wine for 10 minutes before even taking a sip.  It smells that good.

Full bodied, dry, and very well balanced with a subtle acid and tannin structure throughout.  This wine will blow your mind.  On the opening palate, it punches fruit forward with black and blue fruit.  Hints of blackberry hit immediately, followed by ripe, rich and deep plum, red currant and heady pomegranate.  The mid palate adds complexity as chalky, gravelly minerality becomes detectable.  A subtle acidity stays with you, as does the cold gravel of the Left Bank of Bordeaux.  Notes of smoke, blueberry and cherry stay smooth throughout the finish of this wine. Finish is medium-short, and incredibly smooth with a gorgeous black and blue fruity aftertaste.

Pairing the Chateau de Rochemorin with Food

The body, balance and elegant concentration of black and blue fruit in this wine makes for endless food pairing options.  Mashed potatoes with flank steak or filet mignon.  St. Louis pork ribs and potato salad.  Penne alla vodka with teriyaki salmon.  Four cheese risotto with honey chipotle crusted baked salmon.  Or try chicken picatta with Romano risotto.

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