Each parcel is vinified separately, 40% of grapes are fermented in barrels and 60% oak vats, then the wine us aged for 18 months in oak barrels (33% new). The wine is fined traditionally, using fresh egg white. Blend: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc
96 James Suckling
"Wow. This is very polished and full of purpose with dark berries, hazelnuts, cedar and chocolate, as well as black olives. Full-bodied, chewy and intense with a focused tannin backbone and intensity. Loads going on here. Finishes strong. This could be the best wine ever from here. Try from 2024."
92 Wine Spectator
The 2016 Rouget is deep garnet-purple colored with baked plums, dried mulberries, tobacco and crushed rocks scents with wafts of beef drippings and Indian spices plus bay leaves hints. Medium to full-bodied, firm, grainy and laden with earthy layers, it has a savory finish.
The alcohol gives a slight headiness to this wine, but it's balanced by plenty of succulent red and black fruits that power through the palate, driving forward with a real lilt and liveliness. It's restrained on the finish, held in by bitter chocolate and licorice.
90 Jeb Dunnuck
Showing lots of upfront oak influence, the 2016 Château Rouget nevertheless has some serious density and depth, with beautiful fruit. Notes of chocolate, smoked earth, and camphor all develop with time in the glass, and on the palate, it’s full-bodied, firm and chewy. It could use more elegance, but this is going to round into form with 2-4 years of bottle age, at which point the tannins are going to be more integrated and it’s going to show more charm. It should keep for 15 years or more. Rating: 90+
96pts. Each parcel is vinified separately, 40% of grapes are fermented in barrels and 60% oak vats, ..
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