The 2018 Rouget offers ripe kirsch, blackcurrant and violet aromas on the nose, quite potent and rich compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins. There is a lot of oak here that overshadows the fruit at the moment and there is a headiness that slightly detracts from the detail on the finish. Hopefully it will calm down by the time of bottling and gain some refinement, but there is certainly plenty of substance here. 2024 - 2044
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Rouget sports quite a lot of oak at this stage, opening out to lively red and black plums notes and notions of baked cherries, blueberry compote and dried mulberries plus wafts of raisin cake, tree bark and bouquet garni. Full and concentrated, with a firm, fine-grained frame, it fills the palate with berry preserves and offers plenty of spicy and earthy nuances on the long finish.
|Score: 91/93||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This young wine really sings with a level of purity and precision that I’ve never seen from here. Medium to full body, ultra fine tannins and beautiful red-berry and floral character at the end.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Rouget is plush, flamboyant and exotically beautiful. Super ripe black cherry, chocolate, new leather, licorice and cloves are all amped up. Sumptuous fruit and silky, polished tannins add to its considerable appeal. Although not especially subtle, Rouget is very beautiful in 2018. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy big, rich wines. This full-throttle Pomerol is a real star in 2018. Tasted three times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc; 25% new oak. Barrel sample.
Very dark black-cherry colour. Sweet vanilla-laced black fruit, nicely stony/dusty to balance the sweet blueberry fruit. Extremely smooth, polished and rounded and a touch of vanilla sweetness on the finish. (JH) 15%
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Deep ruby in colour with a herbal nose of menthol, hedgerow and black cherry. The palate is succulent and round with a glossy texture from highly refined tannins and a ripe core of black fruit and milk chocolate. This is sweet and plush, forward and attractive, and will drink well in its youth.
|Score: 16||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Rouget is another impressive Pomerol, which is a region loaded with impressive wines in 2018. Cassis, black raspberries, white chocolate, and a touch of spicy wood all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully layered, expansive 2018 that has top-notch mid-palate depth, notable purity of fruit, and silky tannins. Give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 10-15.
|Score: 91/93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
Organic, in conversion to biodynamic. Tart and hard, this is a mineral-led wine with a sour edge to it which needs time to soften, but there is good blackberry fruit here and the oak is well-judged. This is the finest young Rouget I have tasted and it will develop slowly, and blossom into a beautiful wine.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|