1998 Rouget, Pomerol

SKU #1053663 90-94 points Wine Spectator

 Plenty of blackberry and smoke character on the nose and palate. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a sweet fruit finish. All in finesse.  (1/1999)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright deep ruby. Fresh, pure aromas of cassis, black raspberry, licorice and mint. Creamy-sweet and supple in the mouth; has just enough acidity to give clarity to its plump fruit. Finishes with silky, fine-grained tannins and persistent, thoroughly ripe fruit. A very strong vintage for Rouget. A second sample showed even more complex, superripe aromas of cherries marinated in alcohol, roasted meat and cassis; creamy, opulent fruit; and lovely ripe tannins.  (5/1999)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Together with the 2000, this is one of the finest De Sales produced since the early eighties. The medium ruby/garnet-colored 1998 is forward and soft, revealing notions of white chocolate, mocha, and kirsch liqueur. Made in a seductive, luscious style, it possesses sweet tannin, a supple mid-palate as well as finish, and excellent concentration. Purchasers will have no need to defer their gratification. Anticipated maturity : Now-2010. Last tasted, 3/02.  (1/2003)

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