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2018 Rouget, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408023 96-97 points James Suckling

 This young wine really sings with a level of purity and precision that I’ve never seen from here. Medium to full body, ultra fine tannins and beautiful red-berry and floral character at the end.  (4/2019)

91-94 points Vinous

 The 2018 Rouget is plush, flamboyant and exotically beautiful. Super ripe black cherry, chocolate, new leather, licorice and cloves are all amped up. Sumptuous fruit and silky, polished tannins add to its considerable appeal. Although not especially subtle, Rouget is very beautiful in 2018. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy big, rich wines. This full-throttle Pomerol is a real star in 2018. Tasted three times. (AG)  (4/2019)

93 points Decanter

 An excellent Rouget this year -there is perhaps the slightest trace of heat on the attack, but it disappears into the body of the wine, and this is really rather lovely. When you think back to this wine even in good vintages like 2009, it didn't have the flesh on the bones that it has today. It’s even more impressive that the weight has been gained without sacrificing balance – a great job from Edouard Labruyère. (JA)  (3/2019)

91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Rouget is another impressive Pomerol, which is a region loaded with impressive wines in 2018. Cassis, black raspberries, white chocolate, and a touch of spicy wood all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully layered, expansive 2018 that has top-notch mid-palate depth, notable purity of fruit, and silky tannins. Give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 10-15.  (5/2019)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Rouget sports quite a lot of oak at this stage, opening out to lively red and black plums notes and notions of baked cherries, blueberry compote and dried mulberries plus wafts of raisin cake, tree bark and bouquet garni. Full and concentrated, with a firm, fine-grained frame, it fills the palate with berry preserves and offers plenty of spicy and earthy nuances on the long finish. (LPB)  (4/2019)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Rouget offers ripe kirsch, blackcurrant and violet aromas on the nose, quite potent and rich compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins. There is a lot of oak here that overshadows the fruit at the moment and there is a headiness that slightly detracts from the detail on the finish. Hopefully it will calm down by the time of bottling and gain some refinement, but there is certainly plenty of substance here." (11/2019)


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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
I'll be the first to admit that Rouget isn't a name that I've historically spent time seeking out. That stops now. 2018 Rouget floored me on both occasions that I had the opportunity to try it, displaying a caliber that rivals the elite of this renowned appellation. Sweet red fruits on the nose lead to a clean, pure and layered palate that echoes the red fruit profile. Bright acidity carries a massively long finish with impressive extract and fine tannin. 2018 Rouget is complete and irresistible, and may turn out to be a stunning value in time.

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