2014 Chateau Rouget (Pomerol)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $44.94 (was: $59.94)
"Another estate on the rise in Pomerol, the quality here has been very consistent..." - Robert Parker
There’s so much value to be found in Bordeaux these days, but it’s almost always in the so-called ‘satellite’ appellations on the fringes of the Right Bank, not a premier region like Pomerol. Today’s 2014 from Chateau Rouget is a real deal Pomerol from a chateau experiencing a meteoric rise in critical esteem (thanks to Right Bank wizard Michel Rolland), and at under 50 bucks, it’s a bit of Right Bank luxury that everyone can indulge in.
Chateau Rouget is one of the oldest estates in Pomerol, going back to the 1700s, but it wasn’t until recently that the vineyards starting getting the attention they deserved. This 2014 is a wonderful representation of Pomerol and is an affordable way to bridge the gap between everyday Bordeaux and high-priced collectibles.
When the Labruyere family purchased the property in the 1990s, they replanted the vineyards, renovated the cellar, and brought Michel Rolland on board. Rolland is one of the world’s most famous oenologists, having lent his expertise to some of the greatest wineries around, including Harlan and Bryant Family and St Emilion heavyweights Pavie and Angelus. With the new vineyards hitting their stride, Jean-Pierre Labruyere is today “making better and better wines with each vintage” (Parker).
The 2014 Rouget is an “irresistible, open-knit” (Galloni) Pomerol with a voluptuous and ostentatious personality that comes from the nearly 50% whole cluster fermentation and 85% Merlot (the rest Cabernet Franc). This will prove endlessly appealing with minimal cellaring. Cheers!