2014 Rouget, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
A unique red here with so much floral, bark and dark fruit aromas that follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Lively acidity. Needs two or three years to resolve the . But should come around nicely. 50% whole bunch fermentation. Cool.
The 2014 Rouget is a wonderfully complete wine that melds together super-ripe, racy fruit and structure. Succulent red cherry, rose petal, mint and white pepper give the wine its distinctive aromatic and flavor profile. Even with all of its flamboyance, the 2014 has plenty of structural underpinning. A few years in bottle should help the wine soften a bit. Even so, this is a decidedly opulent Pomerol. The 2014 was quite impressive both times I tasted it. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Rouget 2014 must have one of the ripest and opulent Pomerol noses that I encountered during my extensive tastings. Edouard Labruyère's Pomerol gushes out of the gates with plush kirsch and creme de cassis scents. The palate is rounded, decadent and powerful, plus and concentrated in the mouth with grippy tannin, though the finish is missing the precision and finesse to really complete the package. I am intrigued to taste this Rouget in bottle - it is unlike any other recent vintage that I have tried. (NM)