Chateau Rouget 2016: a Pomerol with well-structured tannins
A red wine produced in the Pomerol appellation, Chateau Rouget has the benefit of a 17-hectare vineyard. The vines have an average age of 40-years-old, and are planted on gravel ridges and clay-gravel terraces. The estate’s blend consists of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. The Chateau Rouget 2016 is aged in barrels of which 33% are new and the remaining are old ones.
The Chateau Rouget 2016 develops an opulent nose with blueberry and creme de cassis aromas. On the palate, the wine is quite soft with a slight bitterness during the attack. The tannins are quite apparent and structured.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Rouget was showing a lot of opulence and decadence on the nose with layers of ripe blueberry and crème de cassis scents. The palate is sweet and slightly bitter on the entry. Plenty of saturated tannin here and very structured, but this Rouget needs more freshness and tension towards the finish. It is an ambitious Pomerol for sure, but it seems to be pushing down too hard on the accelerator. I tasted this Rouget three or four times just seeking a sample that articulated the terroir with a little more clarity. Let's see how it performs once in bottle.