- Emmanuel Rouget
- Pinot Noir
- Case size
- Available Now
Burghound, January 2005,
Very ripe fruit with a slightly macerated quality to it followed by rich, lush, very forward flavors that display surprisingly soft acidity and good if not exceptional length. Quite round and not a hard edge to be found, this could be enjoyed now or held for another few years as the wine is still fresh and quite primary. Approachable now though it will certainly hold for a number of years to come.
Emmanuel Rouget is one of Burgundy's greatest wine makers who also owns some of the region's finestvineyards. A man of reticent nature, he is reflective and sensitive, yet with some gentle persuasion, he is happy to discuss his wines, his vineyards and his winemaking. His uncle was the late great Henri Jayer from whom he had learned enormously. In fact, Emmanuel had been tending Henri's vineyards and making his wines when his uncle retired in 1991. But he also hasbeen making his own wines since 1985 with his own parcels of vines some of which border those of Henri. His style is not dissimilar to his uncle's. They are pure, old fashioned and complex with a streakof undeniable wildness. They are often difficult to taste from barrel, but with time, their pedigree reveals itself.
The vineyards of the modest village of Vosne Romanée are arguably the most sought after in the Côte d'Or. It is host to excellent Village and Premier Cru wines, but it is its most famous Grand Crusthat truly stand out: Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Grands Echézeaux, Echézeaux, Romanée St. Vivant and La Romanée as well as Cros Parentoux, a Premier Cru vineyard which attracts Grand Cru attention (and prices). Vosne-Romanée can be remarkably robust and powerful, yet be charming and fleshy giving it one of the most diverse styles of the region.