2013 Pomerol, Bordeaux.
The Chateau Rouget vineyard is located in the Libournais area and stretches on 17 hectares. In Pomerol, Merlot is the main grape-variety to be grown and this 2013 Chateau Rouget is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
This purple-tinted intense ruby-red coloured vintage gives off elegant black fruit notes followed by refines spices and truffle aromas. The 2013 Chateau Rouget reveals a delicate palate. The latter is coated with subtle black fruit and plum aromas, yet it keeps a vibrant freshness on finish. This wine ageing potential is beyond 20 years although its optimum ripeness will be reached between 2023 and 2025.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2013 Rouget was the first vintage where Edouard Labruyère decided to mature everything in barrel (vinification integral). He told me that his team had to conduct four or five passages through the vineyard due to uneven ripening, therefore the harvest took almost one month. It has a bright and you might say perky black cherry and raspberry scented bouquet, nicely defined and with commendable fruit concentration given the vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, not as convincing as the aromatics, the challenges of the growing season denuding it of the complexity of a great season. There is a bit of stiffness here, although that will dissipate with bottle age and the finish is still a little blunt. But considering this is a 2013, this is a decent, short-term Pomerol.