|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Sweet juicy fruit, sweetly Merlot, quite a lot of oak showing here, but it's well done a certain level. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2017)
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Showing lots of upfront oak influence, the 2016 Château Rouget nevertheless has some serious density and depth, with beautiful fruit. Notes of chocolate, smoked earth, and camphor all develop with time in the glass, and on the palate, it’s full-bodied, firm and chewy. It could use more elegance, but this is going to round into form with 2-4 years of bottle age, at which point the tannins are going to be more integrated and it’s going to show more charm. It should keep for 15 years or more. Drinking range: 2021 - 2036 Rating: 90+ Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
The 2016 Rouget was showing a lot of opulence and decadence on the nose with layers of ripe blueberry and crème de cassis scents. The palate is sweet and slightly bitter on the entry. Plenty of saturated tannin here and very structured, but this Rouget needs more freshness and tension towards the finish. It is an ambitious Pomerol for sure, but it seems to be pushing down too hard on the accelerator. I tasted this Rouget three or four times just seeking a sample that articulated the terroir with a little more clarity. Let's see how it performs once in bottle. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
Deep, dense crimson. Heady, meaty, very Pomerol. Sweet palate entry and then very rich. Almost too rich! But certainly dramatic. All on the beginning – goes a tad scrawny on the end. Stereotypical Rolland style. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2017)
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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