Chateau Rouget 2016
Chateau Rouget 2016
"This could be the best wine ever from here (Pomerol)" - James Suckling
Opulent nose with blueberry and creme de cassis aromas. On the palate, the wine is quite soft with a slight bitterness during the attack. The tannins are quite apparent and structured.
About The Winery
Located in the Pomerol appellation, Chateau Rouget produces red wines in a vineyard planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc with vines that have an average of 40-years-old. The terroir consists of clay and gravel soils, as well as gravel outcrops and clay-gravel terraces. This richness of this land allows for all the typicity, elegance and finesse of Pomerol wines.
"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." -96 points, James Suckling
The 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. -92 points, Wine Spectator
The alcohol gives a slight headiness to this wine, but it's balanced by plenty of succulent red and black fruits that power through the palate, driving forward with a real lilt and liveliness. It's restrained on the finish, held in by bitter chocolate and licorice. -92 points, Decanter
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. - 90 points, Jeb Dunnuck