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Chateau Rouget 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
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JS 94
James Suckling
Wonderful aromas of dark fruits, meat and coffee follow to a full body, with chewy and rich tannins and a long intense finish. This needs until at least 2017 to resolve the chunky tannins. Best ever from here?
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This opulent, sexy 2009 Rouget is composed of primarily Merlot blended with a touch of Cabernet Franc. Sandy, loamy soil notes interwoven with kirsch and Provencal garrigue jump from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, rich Pomerol. Abundant fruit on the attack, mid-palate and finish characterize this over-achiever. Consume it over the next 15 years.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
This rounded wine is dense, with firm tannins that are well molded into its sweet-tasting structure.
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Chateau Rouget

Chateau Rouget

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Chateau Rouget, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Known over two centuries, the great wines of Pomerol Rouget Castle takes its name from Rougier, his former land, larger than today. Quoted in reference works (Cox and Ferret) from 1868 for the quality of its wine, the castle has retained its charm as ever: a facade intact covered with ivy, a park visitor welcome the twenty-first century as they host the nineteenth. Owner of Château Rouget since 1992, the family lovingly Labruyere preserves the past as it prepares for the future. Arrived in Bordeaux, it is not new to wine: its head is in fact Jean-Pierre Labruyère, heir to a family long after the Beaujolais vineyards. After the necessary renovation of part of the vineyard, it was attached to the vat room and cellars, now among the best performers in the name. In 1999 they added two acres, purchased from prestigious nearby castles, the vineyards of Château Rouget now extend over 18 hectares. They are aged about thirty years on average, on a clayey soil and gravel, sometimes of clay and silica, and a basement of ferruginous alios. Under the guidance of Michel Rolland, an internationally renowned winemaker, responsible since 1997 for monitoring of the vineyard and wine, and Antoine Ribeiro, Head of the Culture Area, the two grape varieties (85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon) are harvested as late as possible, manually and in small crates to best meet the perfect ripeness of grapes.

A source of exceptionally glamorous and sensual red wines, Pomerol is actually a rather small appellation in an unassuming countryside. It sits on a plateau immediately northeast of the city of Libourne on the right bank of the Dordogne River. Pomerol and St-Émilion are the stars of what is referred to as Right Bank Bordeaux, which are Merlot-dominated red wines whose blends are completed by various amounts of Cabernet Franc of Cabernet Sauvignon. While Pomerol has no official classification system, its best wines are some of the world’s most sought after.

Historically Pomerol attached itself to the larger and more picturesque neighboring region of St-Émilion until the late 1800s when discerning French consumers began to recognize the quality and distinction of Pomerol on its own. Its popularity spread to northern Europe in the early 1900s.

After some notable vintages of the 1940s, the Pomerol producer, Petrus, began to achieve great international attention and helped bring recognition to the appellation. Its subsequent distribution by the successful Libourne merchant, Jean-Pierre Mouiex, magnified its fame after the Second World War.

Perfect for Merlot, the soils of Pomerol—clay on top of well-drained subsoil—help to create wines capable of displaying an unprecedented concentration of color and flavor.

The best Pomerol wines will be deep in color, with flavors of fresh wild berries, dried fig or concentrated black plum preserves. Aromas may be of forest floor, sifted cocoa powder, anise, exotic spice or toasted sugar and will have a silky, smooth but intense texture.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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