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Really good this year. Real and expressive. Ripe Merlot, but not overripe - or nearly not. Movement and freshness. Rounded ripe and flowing. Alcohol shows a bit in the warmth of the finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 91+ L&S (Apr 2013)
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Ripe black plum gives fleshy richness on the nose and palate the fruit underpinned by chocolate. There is a fresher feel on the back palate some red fruits but there is black fruited power enriching and filling out the finish. 2017-26 Rating: 87-90 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Edouard Labruyere is improving Rouget year by year with astute parcel acquisitions. The bouquet is soft and sensual but maintains admirable delineation – ripe blueberry, cassis and blackcurrant that unfurl in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with good structure on the entry that renders this a more masculine, long-term proposition than the nose suggests. There is a gentle grip with a subtle liquorice note on the saline long-finish. Very fine. Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2013)
The 2012 boasts a deep blue/purple color along with a big, sweet nose of kirsch liqueur, lavender, balsam wood, truffles and lead pencil shavings. The complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, opulently-textured, fleshy wine that has more in common with a 2009 than most 2012s tend to possess. This outstanding sleeper of the vintage should drink well for 10-15 years. Proprietor Jean-Pierre Labruyere has done a magnificent job of resurrecting Rouget despite the fact that this is not one of the best terroirs. Since Labruyere has had control, the wine has gone from strength to strength. It is a large vineyard by Pomerol standards (42 acres), and the final blend for the 2012 is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. 2013 - 2028 Rating: 90-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2013)
Perhaps a relatively new name in the upper echelons of the Pomerol world, Château Rouget lays claim to origins in the last years of the Roman Empire, it was certainly known for its vineyard as far back as 1700 making it one of the oldest wine estates in Pomerol. Rouget had some fame for its wines in the 19th Century, but when Jean-Pierre Labruyère bought Rouget in 1992 most of the production was being sold off in bulk, and it is the Labruyères who have put Château Rouget on the map. The family are originally Beaujolais producers from Moulin-a-Vent, and now also own Domaine Jacques Prieur in Burgundy. Since 1992, the vineyards have been renovated and replanted as necessary, with all of the Cabernet Sauvignon being taken out. They have purchased new vineyards, taking the size up to 18ha, one of the largest in Pomerol. The winery has been completely renewed. Rouget sits in the north of the Pomerol appellation, just north of the various Eglise châteaux, overlooking the Barbonne stream that separates Pomerol from Néac. The vineyards are planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, with an average age of 28 years. Once a little off the radar, the focus of the Labruyère family on making Château Rouget one of the better wines of Pomerol is paying dividends and the wines are certainly worth seeking out and still remain relatively good value.
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