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.
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.