Clos Rougeard (Foucault)

The Foucault family’s pace-setting 10ha. Saumur-Champigny domain produces three red cuvees and one white (this last, from centenarian vines, in miniscule quantities only). The reds include the richly fruited Poyeux and the fine-grained Le Bourg. All are produced with very low yields, wild yeasts, long and soft macerations, oak-ageing (with a proportion of new oak), and are bottled without filtration; they age as well as any.

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Clos Rougeard is a cult estate that produces what is arguably the finest expression of Cabernet Franc in the world. This estate has been in the family for generations. The Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie) took responsibility for the property in 1969. They tend exceptional vineyards, harvest at small yields, vinify in barrel and let the wines bubble for a couple of years (18-24 months, depending on the vintage ) in a glacially cold cellar and bottle without filtration.

And what you get is the some of the top red wines of the Loire Valley and in the very top of France as a whole. Charles Joguet, the great winemaker of Chinon, once said: “there are two suns. One shines outside for everybody. The second shines in the Foucaults’ cellar.”


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