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Rouget 2015

Grape VarietyMerlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2015RougetBT850360.001290 NM10204090.0090.00Rouget0.75
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Tasting Notes

The 2015 Rouget has a clean and pure bouquet with ample black cherries, boysenberry, sage and truffle aromas. A little glossy in style but retaining fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, sweet and slightly candied in style with touches of curry leaf and tobacco toward the finish that just needs to muster more detail and sophistication. Needs time. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

The 2015 Chateau Rouget has a sumptuous ripe bouquet with dark red fruit, cranberry and light, almost musky aromas that become floral with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded tannins, well-judged acidity and a hint of cooked meat toward the silky smooth finish. This is a seductive Rouget but one that is well balanced and it should age with style, possibly meriting a higher score with bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2035.

Neal Martin, -, March 2018

The 2015 Rouget is the blend of five parcels around the Pomerol plateau and I took time to taste each of them when I visited Edouard Labruyère. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc aged in one-third new oak, it has quite a punchy, high-toned bouquet with licorice-tinged red fruit that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, rounded in the mouth with moderate acidity, the Cabernet Franc very articulate. I like the cohesion here, svelte in the mouth with black fruit and allspice fanning out on the structured, sandalwood finish. This is a well-crafted Rouget that deserves wider consumer appreciation. I would not be surprised if this Rouget ends up at the top of my banded score. Drink 2019-2035.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Chateau Rouget leaps from the glass with preserved plums, spice cake and cassis notes plus touches of underbrush, game and smoked meats and a waft of Provence herbs. Full-bodied, powerful and densely packed with taut, muscular fruit, it's something of a bruiser and yet with an alluring contrast of a plush, velvety backbone and seamless freshness, finishing long and earthy. 2020 - 2040

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

The 2015 Rouget is a fabulous wine done in a forward, voluptuous style that is sure to find many admirers. Super-ripe dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, spice and mocha fill out the wine's ample, soft-textured frame effortlessly. Silky contours add to an impression of flamboyant elegance. I would give the 2015 at least a few more years in bottle to allow some of the elements to fuse together a bit more fully. Time in the glass brings out very pretty red-toned fruit and floral overtones. There is certainly plenty to admire on this inviting, impeccably balanced Pomerol. Michel Rolland consults. 2020 - 2035

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2015 Rouget is outstanding. Plump, juicy and forward, the 2015 possesses terrific depth to match its flamboyant personality. Black cherry, plum, mocha, dark spice and licorice abound in this forward Pomerol. The style is unquestionably ripe and modern, but very nicely judged. Consulting winemaker Michel Rolland has done a fine job here.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Tasted blind. Intense and round and full of black-cherry fruit. A little green-vegy on the end – whole bunch? A bit demanding.
Drink 2024-2035

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Dark crimson. Sweet and not thick but lively and transparent. Racy and sinewy. Lots of appeal in this wine. GV
Drink 2020-2032

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Deep ruby colour. Blueberries and ripe red cherries on the nose with hints of dried herbs and vanilla bean. The palate is round and generous, with creamy red fruit and cocoa-like ripe tannins. This is succulent and full-bodied, a perfect example of Pomerol in 2015. Sweet spices and milk chocolate push through the fruit and add complexity on the finish. This is ready to drink now, but intense and full enough to drink well over the next 10-15 years.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, November 2020

This Pomerol Chateau is situated between L'Eglise Clinet and Le Gay. Already organic, it is in the process of becoming bio-dynamic. The Labruyère family from Burgundy are the owners here.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

Another gem from the Michel Rolland team is the 2015 Rouget. Offering a hedonistic, fruit-loaded, full-bodied style as well as lots of darker fruits, espresso roast, chocolate and damp earth, it’s a textbook Pomerol that’s going to benefit from a year or three of bottle age and keep for a decade. 2018 - 2028

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

There is unexpected freshness here in spite of the massive, black fruit and the palate is relatively controlled with fit
tannins. This is a decent wine of the inky, charry style.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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