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    Château Rouget Pomerol '13

    Bordeaux

    Château Rouget Pomerol '13

    One of the oldest estates in Pomerol, Château Rouget was originally planted by the ancient Romans and has, since then, been in the hands of a few different families. Since 1992, it has been owned by the Labruyere family, whose winemaking experience was mostly in areas of Burgundy. The family saw the potential to restore and improve the Rouget estate, though, which had excellent parcels near well-known Pomerol producers like Château Petrus and Le Pin. In 1997, the winemaking consultant Michel Rolland was hired, and the vineyard holdings expanded, as were the plantings of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 

    The 2013 “Grand Vin” is a blend of 85% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, with an average vine age of 40 years, grown on gravel soils with clay. Vineyards are sustainably farmed, using practices such as cover crops and ploughing. The grapes are manually harvested and fully destemmed. Each parcel was vinified separately, with slow fermentations, indigenous yeasts, and soft extractions. About 40% of the grapes were fermented in barrels and 60% in oak vats. The wine was aged for 18 months in oak barrels (33% new), then fined before bottling.

    The nose shows black and red berry and plum notes, with baking spices and a hint of truffle. The 2013 “Grand Vin” was made to age, and the aromatics and structure are finally at a great point of balance. Try it with duck filet and herb-roasted potatoes or mushrooms, a tomato soufflé, or a charcuterie and cheese plate.

    Perman

    France

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