Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne-Romanee 2011

The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Emmanuel Rouget is a lovely village effort – but needs time to resolve. In the nose crisp red and dark berry fruit with a quite strong impression of new oak. On the palate quite openly knit with a nice fresh fruit – nicely balanced and quite harmonious. The weight and intensity increases after some time in the glass – and the oak starts to integrate better with the fruit. Will no doubt be lovely when the oak integrates – and I’m not worried there are plenty of fruit here.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good – (89p) – Tasted 13/05/2014

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Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne Romanee 2011

The Vosne Romanee 2011 from Emmanuel Rouget is a very nice village effort – but needs time to resolve. In the nose crisp red and dark berry fruit with a quite strong impression of new oak. On the palate quite openly knit with a nice fresh fruit – nicely balanced and quite harmonious. The weight and intensity increases after some time in the glass. Not the most focused Vosne village – a very good wine – but somehow slightly disappointing.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2023) – Very Good – (88p) – Tasted 04/04/2014

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Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne Romanee 2002

The Vosne-Romanee 2002 from Emmanuel Rouget has entered a semimatured stage and is showing beautifully. In the nose finely focused with a combination of dark berry fruit and some sweeter matured red fruit notes – infused with some lovely Vosne spices. On the palate intense and focused for this level – with layers of pure ripe fruit. It offers fine weight and is holding its ground very well – tasted with the 2002 Clos du Chateau from Liger-Belair. A very impressive and enjoyable village from Rouget – with more focus and poise than one usually find in his excellent village wines .

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Very Good+ (90p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 2007

The 2007 Echezeaux from Emmanuel Rouget is still quite youthful but already offering a lot of pinot delights. In the bouquet lovely expressive red fruit with hints of rose petals and violets. On the palate lovely quite openly knit red fruit with a fine expression of terroir. The midpalate fruit is quite juicy and abundant – but perhaps it’s lacking a little depth like many other 2007s. The finish is however long and quite intense with a nice minerality. It’s certainly drinking well – love the balance and fruit expression – a delightful Echezeaux and a fine 2007.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Fine+ (93p) – Tasted 09/10/2013

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 1998

The 1998 Echezeaux from Emmanuel Rouget is a lovely and very charming effort for the vintage. In the nose semimatured red fruit – complex – with hints of allspice, cinnamon and violets. On the palate quite intense and juicy red fruit with a fine midpalate density. It’s perfectly balanced and showing a long and lovely mineral infused finish. A refined Echezeaux and a very fine 1998 … will improve with further cellaring but is truly lovely now.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2015) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 03/10/2013

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 2007

The Echezeaux 2007 from Emmanuel Rouget is currently showing very well. In the nose lovely expressive red fruit with hints of rose petals and liquorice. On the palate lovely quite openly knit red fruit with a fine expression of terroir. The midpalate is quite intense with a good energy – building up to the long and quite expressive finish. Perhaps lacking the refinement of the Echezeauxs from DRC and Liger-Belair – but love the balance and fruit expression – a fine and very enjoyable wine. Really impressive for the vintage!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Fine 92p – Tasted 03/03/2013

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The Echezeaux 2007 battle – a very close race!

One rarely have the chance to compare four of the very best wines from the Echezeaux vineyard. This was however the case earlier this week, where the Echezeaux 2007s from Grivot, Rouget, Liger-Belair and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti were served in one flght at a Burgundy tasting.

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These four produceres are, in my view, all among the very best on the Echezeaux vineyard – and quite evenly matched in most vintages. But how close are these wines directly compared – lets find out?!

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 2001

The Echezeaux 2001 from Emmanuel Rouget is starting to show matured notes. It’s made in the two climats Les Treux and Cruots Vignes Blanches – the latter is in my view one of the very best sub-climats in Echezeaux. The vines in the two plots are more than 60 year old. The bouquet offers strawberries, red current, sous-bois and violets – open, lovely and quite complex. On the palate good midpalate concentration of juicy red fruit – a bit rustic like many other 2001s. The fruit is quite intense with almost silky textures – but balanced by a good fresh and spicy acidity. A lovely but slightly rustic Echezeaux from Rouget – drink over the next 5 years.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2012) – Fine 92p – Tasted 01/11/2012

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Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne Romanee 2002

The 2002 Vosne Romanee village from Emmanuel Rouget is quite open with matured notes. In the nose fine red fruits, with forrest floor and after some time in the glass tar and truffles. On the palate juicy fruit, fine balance, good intensity and a very fine acidity. Very good minerality – while not quite as precise as some of the single vineyard village wines from Vosne – it’s quite precise. It’s entering a matured stage now, but in my view it need five years more to show the full potential. A pleasure wine rather than a intellectual challenge … ohh joy and enjoy!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2017) Very Good+ – 90p

Tasted 23/06/2012

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 2009

Emmanuel Rougets Echezeaux 2009 is a quite fine wine for the vintage. The bouquet is slightly closed, but showing ripe red fruits – strawberries and raspberries, a fine minerality and spices. On the palate very harmonious, good length and balance. The fruit is however quite sweet and almost overripe, with hints of prunes. It’s not very dense or extracted, but quite well balanced albeit on the sweet side. A fine vine.

(Drink from 2019) Fine – 92p

Tasted 07/02/2012

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Emmanuel Rouget, Echezeaux 2000

The 2000 Echezeaux from Emmanuel Rouget was quite ready to drink (served from a magnum). The nose was quite open with a fine minerality, and some sweet notes with hints of raspberry and cherry. On the palate slightly austere fruit with a mix of black fruits and more charming and softer red notes. Quite lush with good length and minerality. Typical 2000 – while deliciours it still lacks a sparkle and liveliness in the fruit. Will soften even more with cellaring and gain some sweetness – but from a normal 0.75l bottle it should be almost ready to enjoy. A fine Echezeaux from Rouget – but not the old Jayer standard.

(Drink from Now) Fine – 91p

Tasted 09/11/2011 – Magnum tasting at Gustavs Bistro

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Echezeaux – Grand cru standard?

Echézeaux is one of the largest grands crus of the whole Côte d’Or. It’s divided into a number of plots or climats the vineyard, located around the smaller Grands-Echézeaux.

I have tasted some very good bottles of Echezeaux, but also some very poor bottles where only the label was an indication of its grand cru status. Why this variation .. and what is a good Echezeaux?

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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!

I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.

The end of points

I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.

I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.

The potential is defined by the terroir

The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.

It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.

Here is the winehog.org rating system:

  • Legendary
  • Extraordinary
  • Outstanding
  • Very Fine
  • Fine
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Above Average
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • Poor

The winehog rating system – converted to points

As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.

Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:

  • Legendary – (99 – 100p)
  • Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
  • Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
  • Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
  • Fine – (91 – 92p)
  • Very Good – (88 – 90p)
  • Good – (85 – 87p)
  • Above Average – (80 – 84p)
  • Average – (75 – 79p)
  • Below Average – (70 – 74p)
  • Poor – (50 – 69p)

… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!