North and east of the City of Bordeaux, we come upon Château Rouget, a modern and forward-looking producer crafting elegant and impressive wines from the Plateau de Pomerol terroir. For more than a decade, in the deep gravel-clay soils of Pomerol, producers such as Petrus, Le Gay and Eglise-Clinet have illustrated the viticultural potential of this region for Merlot-based reds. Over the past three decades, few producers in this area have emerged as top addresses quite as dramatically as Château Rouget. Both reds produced at Château Rouget are comprised of more or less the same composition – 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Two thirds of Château Rouget’s 42 acres of vineyard are planted on the property surrounding the cellars, with the balance including beautiful small plots facing Le Pin, Petit Village and Trotanoy. Combine the diversity of micro-terroirs contributing added complexity and refinement to the final wines, with an emphasis on classic and traditional vinification, and the result is a pair of reds that should attract the perennial interest of serious Bordeaux enthusiasts.
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