2014 Rouget, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
The voluptuous side of Pomerol emerges in the 2014 Rouget. Plums, black cherries, smoke, tobacco and menthol all open up in a racy, supple wine with plenty of near-term appeal. Crushed flowers, spices and cedar add the final layers of nuance in this irresistible, open-knit Pomerol that should drink well with minimal cellaring. (AG)
This is a lively red with bouncy acidity and mineral character besides fruit. Full, tight yet juicy.
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)
20th vintage under Labruyère ownership. Partly fermented in barrel. Modern, ripe and plush – red fruit and well-integrated vanilla oak. Sweet and juicy on the palate, the oak lingering. Fresh and constructed on the finish. (JL)
Deep purplish crimson. Heady, savoury and attention grabbing. Thick and racy rather than tart. Well done! Young and vigorous with everything in place. Impressive combination of balance and positive attributes. (JR)