- 85% Merlot
- 15% Cabernet Franc
- 3 000 vines per acre / 7 500 vines per hectare
Average Age of Vines:
- 40 years
Winemaking and Ageing:
- Grapes are vinified batch by batch, in oak or stainless steel vats, then aged for 18 months in oak barrels (33% new).
- The wine is fined traditionally, using fresh egg white.
- This vintage was bottled on a fruit day according to the lunar calendar, to allow the wine to express itself fully.
2018 Vintage: 2018: vintage of contrasts.
Rarely has the fight against the mildew been so intense. This vintage is a result of a hard work in the vineyard with spring climatology alternated between rainy and hot periods, and sometimes almost tropical atmosphere. The absence of rain from July to October, with warm but not too hot daytime temperatures altered with cool nights, has allowed the grapes to mature perfectly. At Château Rouget, the intensity of this vintage 2018 is clearly in line with 2005, 2009, 2015, but with a beautiful acidity that brings it close to 2010 and 2016. Born in pain but tasted with happiness, Rouget 2018 marks a new step in the steady progression of the property over the past few years.