Chateau Rouget Pomerol 2016
This is such a gorgeous example of red Bordeaux, and of Pomerol in particular. We have loved Rouget (<rue - jzhay>) at the Bottle Shop for many years, it is a classic example of the region with a velvety, fruit forward style. Château Rouget in Pomerol has produced wines since the end of the Roman Empire, at which time their terroirs merged with St Emilion’s. At the end of the 19th century, a classification of Pomerol wines placed Rouget among the top five estates of the appellation. This recognition stems from the remarkable constancy showed by consecutive owners of the estate, who all worked hard to produce iconic wines. The Labruyère Family, who has owned Rouget since 1992, follows the same target. The estate is now considered by critics and amateurs as the winery which has made the most consistent progress across the appellation, vintage after vintage.
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James Suckling"Wow. This is very polished and full of purpose with dark berries, hazelnuts, cedar and chocolate, as well as black olives. Full-bodied, chewy and intense with a focused tannin backbone and intensity. Loads going on here. Finishes strong. This could be the best wine ever from here. Try from 2024."
VinousThe 2016 Rouget is an especially racy, voluptuous Pomerol with all the elements in the right place. Sweet tobacco, herb, anise and leather add lovely aromatic topnotes. Sexy and inviting, with no hard edges and terrific overall balance, the 2016 Rouget is a winner. I loved it. Tasted two times. 90-93
Wine SpectatorThe 2016 Rouget is deep garnet-purple colored with baked plums, dried mulberries, tobacco and crushed rocks scents with wafts of beef drippings and Indian spices plus bay leaves hints. Medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and laden with earthy layers, it has a savory finish.
Jeb DunnuckShowing 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.