Rouget - Cros Parantoux


The Hallowed Cros Parantoux Vineyard

The Cros Parantoux vineyard has become quite a hallowed piece of ground…with a location just above and next to Richebourg this 1er cru is regarded as something very special and if you ask any Burgundy drinker that has been fortunate enough to experience it, they will whole heartedly agree. (Fun fact: It used to be an artichoke field and was cleared by Jayer himself!) The only other producer that has ever made a Cros Parantoux is Meo-Camuzet and the total production between them is MINISCULE, making this some pretty rare and coveted juice.


Emmanuel Rouget is considered one of the greatest winemakers in Burgundy, due in large part to the mentorship he received from his uncle, fabled winemaker Henri Jayer.  A tractor engineer by trade, Rouget discovered his love for winemaking after being given a job by Jayer in 1976. It was there that Emmanuel learned the skills of fine wine production, employing the same thoughtful techniques that skyrocketed his uncle to global fame – ultra low yields, pre-fermentation cold maceration and 100% new oak barrels. By the mid 1980’s, Emmanuel had taken over much of the winemaking and by the mid 90’s he was also producing wines from the vineyards of his other two uncles – Lucien and Georges Jayer. Now, Emmanuel, with the help of his sons Nicolas and Guillaume, creates wine for both his own label and his uncle George Jayer, both of which are the toast of Burgundy, and are naturally extremely sought-after.
We have the lowest price on the phenomenal 2005 vintage which the next lowest price is $3,572 a bottle! 
“Emmanuel Rouget learned from the ultimate Burgundian master and has crafted some simply stupendous wines from the Echezeaux vineyard.”


Rouget Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux 2005

Deep ruby. The dazzling nose is an exercise in elegance, purity and transparency with ripe yet cool and reserved spicy black fruit, earth and subtle mineral notes that lead to more minerality on the precise, sweet, vibrant and harmonious flavors that are sleekly muscled on the powerful, long and classy finish. This is very "Cros" in style as it remains almost aloof in the fashion of a smaller-scaled Richebourg. A great wine in the making that can be drunk now with pleasure as all of impressive mid-palate fat renders it approachable though it's clearly on the way up and many years away from its peak. Tasted twice from bottle with consistent impressions. 

95 Pts - Allen Meadows

Rouget Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux 2008

The 2008 Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux,” reports Rouget, “finished its malo at the beginning of February, the same time as the 2009!” For that reason, I tasted it still on its fine lees, having never been racked or sulfured. (“Not that I’m one of these ‘bio-’ low-sulfur people,” he hastened to add.) Lily-like, decadent floral perfume, cassis, framboise, holly berry, and mint hover spirituously over the glass. Vanilla and resin hints for the (100%) new wood mingle with liqueur-like black fruits as well as pungently invigorating red currant and dried cranberry. Here is the vibratory, interactive intensity and complexity one derives from the best young wines of its vintage, with chalk, stone, salt, and iodine all serving to set-off the wine’s candied yet acidulated fruit character. This should intrigue and delight for a dozen or more years 

93-93 Pts - Robert Parker

Rouget Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux 2011 

A complex wine with incredible depth and long finish. The flavours range from minerals, earth and spices to herbs, blackberries and hint of cedar. The wine has both finesse, delicacy and generosity of flavours. A fantastic wine that justifies its cult reputation. 

94 Pts - Decanter



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