- Château Rouget
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
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Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Rouget was tasted from two half-bottles. Deep in color, it has an intense bouquet of black currant, tobacco and truffle shavings and an increasingly pronounced undergrowth scent. Compared to recent vintages that I have found a bit trop, this is much more focused and controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannins and well-judged acidity, touches of dark chocolate infusing the black fruit. This is well balanced and fresh and though there is some new oak to be assimilated toward the finish, this is very promising Rouget that deserves 4–6 years in bottle. Drink 2027 - 2045
Wine Advocate, May 2021,
The 2020 Rouget has a deep purple-black color and pronounced notes of spiced blackberries, black cherry preserves and prunes, plus hints of cedar chest, Indian spices and tilled soil. The full-bodied palate is concentrated with slightly drying tannins and a lot of oak influence at this stage, finishing a little coarse. It could well come through this as just an "ugly-duck" stage, but I've scored it conservatively.
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Rouget is laced with lavish, inky fruit, cedar, tobacco, menthol, licorice, cedar and tobacco. Rich, sumptuous and alluring, Rouget is all about immediacy. Plush and silky, with soft contours and exceptional balance, Rouget delivers the goods, and then some. The forward, lush style is hugely appealing. Drink 2026 - 2040
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
A rich, voluptuous Pomerol that does a lot right, the 2020 Château Rouget offers ample black cherry and currant fruit as well as notes of tobacco and chocolate. Rich, mouth-filling, and medium to full-bodied, it offers supple tannins, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s worth pointing out that 30% of this wine was fermented with stems.
Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
Well made, a little dark and toasty, but there is plenty of ripe, black fruit here and I think that it will go well, assuming the higher toasty notes manage to be subsumed by the fruit.
The necessary investment to this estate came when the Labruyère family bought the estate from the Francois-Jean Brochet in 1992. This estate sits in the most northerly part of the appellation of Pomerol on very sandy soil. The vineyards stretch to 18 hectares, comprising 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc vines, with an average age of 28 years. Fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, before malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing in one third new barrels per year.Château Rouget wines were traditional and rustically styled - characteristics which have been maintained under the new ownership, but recently have also displayed increased concentration and suppleness. This may be due to the recent addition (1997) of Michel Rolland, as consultant. Nevertheless the wines, qualitatively, are on an upward trajectory.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.