Chateau Rouget 2010 – 93 Pts Robert Parker
12×75 – £340 IB
£437.95 incl VAT and duty
Special Offer: Buy two cases for £660 IB
‘An absolutely stunning example from this up-and-coming estate, which has been performing on all cylinders of late‘ Robert Parker
Following our recent release of Fleur Morange 2010 we are delighted to offer another superb small Estate from the Right Bank, which offers remarkable value in this prodigious vintage. Chateau Rouget is situated in Pomerol and has been increasingly impressing critics and collectors over recent vintages. Parker particularly approves of this Rouget, ‘This property has been on a qualitative hot streak for a number of years and their 2010 appears to be the richest as well as most tannic wine they have ever produced’. This is reflected in his score of 93 points, the highest that Rouget has achieved to date. That said, scores have been consistently in the 90s for many vintages of the last 10-15 years and the Estate continues to go from strength to strength. At £340 per 12x75cl case this offers amazing value for a region and vintage where collectors are accustomed to paying between £100-200 per bottle and in some instances £1,000-£2,000.
Parker considers that Rouget 2010 will be drinking for at least another 15 years and it does attract a healthy vintage premium; the 92 point 2005 trades at £450. However, the most striking observation is how undervalued it is compared to other similarly scoring Pomerols, as the table below demonstrates. Furthermore, the price over points score (POP) is just 26, which is extremely low for any top wine region, very rare in Bordeaux and practically unheard of in Pomerol. At £36.50 per bottle duty and VAT paid Rouget offers remarkable value.
|La Fleur de Bouard Le Plus||94+||£920||63|
|Chambrun le Bourg||93||£570||44|
|La Fleur de Gay||93||£660||51|
|Latour a Pomerol||92||£520||43|
The Estate is located adjacent to La Croix de Gay and near L’Eglise Clinet in the northern extremes of Pomerol. The 18-hectare vineyard is planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc following the removal of all Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the early 90s. On average, only 6,500 cases are produced per year, which is typically low production for this small but powerful appellation. A lot of the quality comes directly from the terroir, which is typically Pomerol; a mixture of gravel, sand and clay along with rich iron deposits.
The famous oenologist, Michel Rolland has been a consultant at Rouget since 1997 and the Labruyère family who own the Estate have invested considerably in both vineyard and wine making facilities. As such, the wine is vinified in a mixture of wooden vats along with temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before being aged in 50% new French oak.
A Brief History of Chateau Rouget
Chateau Rouget has one of the longest histories in Pomerol, the Estate was recognised as a vineyard towards the end of the Roman Empire. The Estate was owned by the Bayonne family throughout most of the 18th Century at which time Rouget built a remarkable reputation for itself. So much so, that by the end of the 19th Century a classification of Pomerol placed Rouget among the top five estates of the appellation. In 1892, the Estate was sold to the Dupuy family and exactly 100 years later it was acquired by the current owners, the Labruyère family. They have since been dedicated to keeping with two centuries of tradition, striving to make great wines and compete with the top estates in Pomerol.
Critics and collectors alike can see that Rouget has made some of the most consistent progress across Bordeaux over the last 20 years. It is certainly one of the up-and-coming stars of Pomerol and is beginning to be recognised within the top echelons of the right bank. At just £340 per 12x75cl case, now is the time to acquire Rouget from this great vintage to enjoy over the next decade.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 93 Points
An absolutely stunning example from this up-and-coming estate, which has been performing on all cylinders of late, the 2010 Rouget has a dense plum/purple color, a beautifully sweet, expansive nose of spice box and a touch of toasty oak as well as copious quantities of black currants, cherries and plum. Supple and full-bodied, with a powerful mouthfeel and a hint of graphite, this is a deep rich, full-throttle, very sexy and opulent Rouget to drink over the next 15 or more years.
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