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History

Château Rouget history began several centuries ago. Already identified at the end of the Roman Empire, Château Rouget’s terroirs were at that time merged with St Emilion’s ones.

Château Rouget appears in archives and land register from 1700 and is considered as one of the first official Pomerol Crus. This period corresponds to the building date of the splendid house symbolizing the estate, belonging then to the Bayonne Family. The last family member involved in the estate, Pierre Bayonne, was also mayor of Pomerol during the First Empire. As a talented winemaker, he used Chateau Rouget as a perfect display for his skills.

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At the end of the 19th century, a classification of Pomerol wines placed Rouget among the top five estates of the appellation. This recognition stems from the remarkable constancy showed by consecutive owners of the estate, who all worked hard to produce iconic wines.

The Labruyère Family, who has owned Rouget since 1992, follows the same target. For more than 20 years, they try hard to place Rouget among Right Bank leaders.

The estate is now considered by critics and amateurs as the winery which has made the most consistent progress across the appellation, vintage after vintage.

 

The Labruyère Family comes from Beaujolais region, where they own a winery in Moulin-à-Vent appellation since 1850.

Over the years, they chose to become established in other French major wine regions, using terroir quality criterion. This is how they selected Château Rouget in 1992.

As head of the family, Jean-Pierre Labruyère had the ambition to restore the former glory of this property which had been recognized from 1868 as one of the best producers in Pomerol.

Today he has passed over the reins to his son, Edouard, whom, together with Michel Rolland, consultant winemaker, Antoine Ribeiro, estate manager, and his team, pursues this hard work with the same ardor and passion.

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Vineyards

The Pomerol plateau is located near Libourne, North East of Bordeaux. It slopes down across various terraces towards the Isle valley, a tributary of the Dordogne River. Thanks to the quality of its terroirs and wines, Pomerol is one of the most sought after appellations in the world.In Pomerol, Merlot is king. Clayey soils allow this grape to express itself like nowhere else worldwide. Located near Eglise-Clinet, Petrus and Le Gay, Château Rouget, which encompasses 44.5 acres today, stretches across the gentle slopes of the Pomerol plateau near the village and the old church. Two thirds of vines are located around the Estate but Château Rouget also includes beautiful plots facing Petit Village, Le Pin and Trotanoy.Vineyards are planted with the most suited grape varietals: Merlot represents 85% and is combined with Cabernet Franc finding in Rouget the ideal ripening conditions. Soils can be either composed of clay and gravel or clay and silica. Subsoils consist of iron-rich sandstone.

 

Vines are around 40 years old. The vast replanting program started in 1992 combined with the purchase of 5 high-quality acres from the prestigious neighbouring estates on the high plateau in 1999 have considerably reinforced the position of the cru.

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Winemaking

In 2001, the cellar has been entirely restored by the Labruyère Family with the idea of implementing a vineyard designated approach. Old vats have been replaced by truncated oak vats of 50 and 60 hl. They combine ancestral handicraft with state-of-the-art technology. A few stainless steel tanks have also been incorporated. The whole installation is thermo-regulated.

Grapes are vinified batch by batch in order to render the best expression of each plot.

 

Benefits of putting wine into barrels as early as possible are widely known. For the past few years, Château Rouget has vinified part of its wine according to that idea: whole destemmed berries are directly poured in barrels after being sorted. Thanks to this method, both fermentation and ageing process will take place in the barrel.

This technique – very respectful of grapes – enables gentle extraction and, eventually, softer tannins.

 

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Inside information

Stemming from Beaujolais region, the Labruyère Family has been committed for several generations to render the most accurate expression of terroirs they were in charge of.

Their respect for the latter comes from the extreme care they apply from vineyards to cellar. Vines are sustainably farmed using respectful practices such as gentle soil cultivation and by leaving grass between rows (cover crops) – to increase nutrients and provide organic matter.

Grapes are manually harvested, plot by plot, in order to preserve berries integrity and to ensure optimal ripeness level. Almost all winemaking processes take place in truncated oak vats only using indigenous yeasts.

Chateau Rouget is now recognized as a benchmark on the Right Bank thanks to the commitment of a Family which values hard work and refuses compromises in order to reach the highest quality standards of prestigious Bordeaux wines.

The constant concern for quality has presided over the birth, in 1992, of another wine, today called le Carillon de Rouget. Made from younger vines on dedicated plots, le Carillon de Rouget is ready for drinking earlier than Chateau Rouget. Its round and charming structure during its youth give time to the Grand Vin to develop its complexity and fineness.

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  10 wines 

2018 performed very well in the tasting at Château Nenin, which was arranged by Pomerol Séduction. 10 wines of this renowned vintage were on show and proved that the vintage has won on stature and character since the en primeur tasting in spring 2019.                 

1m 8d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  73 wines 

Château Langoa Barton 2020 – Sister property to Leoville Barton and similar to her big "sister" in terms of the quality. Big scaled on the nose and palate with creamy blackcurrants, graphite, fat tannin, strong backbone, and striking complexity. Classy stuff.  53.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 8.5% Cabernet Franc. 13.5% alcohol.


94+p. 

3m 16d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

5m 10d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  100 wines 

I'll repeat myself with the phrase, "Pomerol is one of the strongest districts in 2018"! The truth is that it's s an accurate and valid statement. Despite not tasting Petrus and Lafleur, to name some of the big hitters, I can assure, that there is enough exceptional goof for every taste from Pomerol. As everywhere in Bordeaux, there also are very few wines under the usual standard in Pomerol.


 

7m 17d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  45 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

3y 5m ago

 Marie Ahm, Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Lafleur 2013 / Ripe dark nose with plum, roasted hazelnuts, milk chocolate and some menthol. Equally complex on palate with good purity of fruit and layered texture. Firm, yet ripe tannins and juicy acidity. Good length. 91p 

3y 6m ago

 Mikke Frisk, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  28 wines 

DRC Romanée-Conti 1961, Pétrus 1961, Unico 1961, Krug 1961, Château margaux 1961....etc.

4y 8m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  61 wines 

“I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

5y 4m ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  45 wines 

“Bordeaux vintage 2000-tasting / 2000 was a very consistent vintage for Bordeaux, with most producers throughout the region making very successful red wines. The best of these are rich and ripe, yet very lively and fresh, with firm tannins that may need another decade or more to resolve. Others offer similar or even greater levels of ripeness, and perhaps even more richness of texture, but lacking perhaps the brightness of the finest examples of the vintage.”

5y 5m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

5y 6m ago

 Rob Bellini / Sommelier, Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  42 wines 

“2011 tasting - Lafleur is perhaps the wine of the vintage:
Bottle is naturally in a excellent condition and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is wide, intense, refined, fresh, opulent and round. The taste is full, round, fragrant, firm, vigor, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with balanced and well-structured structure. On the palate it is layered and has floral, leather, new-oak, smoky, spice, truffles, vanilla and blackcurrant flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful, pure and spicy. This wine is almost as good as 2009 and 2010. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 3h before tasting. 98 points”

5y 10m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Rouget . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“Rest of the 1961's.”

6y 4m ago

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