1997 Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Cros Parantoux"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Rouget's 1997 Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux is an awesome wine. Medium to dark ruby-colored, it exhibits superb aromas of spices, hints of oak, and powerful, fresh red fruit scents. Extremely well-balanced, this medium to full-bodied offering is thick, broad, and well-extracted. Moreover, it exhibits a flavor profile loaded with chocolate-covered cherries, red fruit syrups, and copious quantities of vanilla-infused oak that linger through its impressively long finish. This is a wine that combines power with elegance. It will deliver pleasure early, yet evolve magnificently with cellaring. (PR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated, deep ruby red. Fabulous, explosive nose combines blackberry, oriental spices, mocha, roast coffee and cocoa powder; has a distinctly roasted aspect. Thick, large-scaled and deep, with lovely inner-mouth florals and uncanny lift for such a big wine. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and superb persistence. An outstanding '97 in the making. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This is quite ripe though by no means over ripe with good Vosne spice and excellent intensity all framed by a deft touch of oak leading to rich, full, pure, medium weight flavors underpinned by now fully resolved tannins and fine length. This is classy and refined if not a genuinely great Rouget Cros that has reached its peak, in fact I would be drinking this up over the next 5 to perhaps 10 years as it has no where to go from here but down.