This opulent, sexy 2009 Rouget is composed of primarily Merlot blended with a touch of Cabernet Franc. Sandy, loamy soil notes interwoven with kirsch and Provencal garrigue jump from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, rich Pomerol. Abundant fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish characterize this over-achiever. Consume it over the next 15 years. Drink: 2012 - 2027
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012|
The best Rouget I have ever tasted, the 2009 displays terrific aromas of kirsch liqueur and loamy soil as well as a plump, fat, luscious personality. With sensational concentration and purity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and an enormous fruit character, this beauty should drink well for 15 or more years. (Tasted three times.) Drink 2010-2025.
Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Tasted at Chateau Clinet. The Rouget '09 has a fresh, well defined bouquet with wild strawberry, cherry and a touch of rose petal...very feminine and fragrant. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, ripe tannins, just a little toasty and spicy, good weight, modern in style but well balanced with good acidity and delineation towards the finish with hints of bay leaf and spice. Cohesive, very good length. Look out for Rouget upping the ante over the next few years…this is just the beginning. Tasted April 2010.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Blueberry and mineral on the nose. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a fruity, vanilla and berry finish. Long. Superpolished and pretty.
|Score: 91/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Very thick. Perfumed. Very sweet and opulent and ambitious. A bit of tannin on the end. You could almost stand a spoon up in this. Clinet? Very rich. Pretty alcoholic finish but there is lots of rich fruit, too. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2015-2028.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Sexy, plump and plummy. This is an absolutely gorgeous Pomerol full of ripe fruit. Smoky, smooth and supple, full of cream and spice. You could drink this tonight. Wonderful, seductive Pomerol. Hedonistic, forward and juicy.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
Another fine wine from this now consistent (and still relatively good value) estate. Aromatic, opulent, the texture of the tannins fine. Long finish. Drink 2016-2030.
|Score: 17.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|