Saumur Champigny ‘Le Clos’ Clos Rougeard 2014
very limited quantities
“The Foucaults are the singular superstars.”
David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate August 2007
Nady Foucault is the leading producer in the Loire along with the late Didier Dagueneau. Very sadly, Nady’s brother Charly passed away in December 2015 and there have been rumours recently that the family have put the 11 hectare estate up for sale. Time will tell. As far as viticulture and winemaking are concerned, everything seems so simple here: perfectly ripe, healthy grapes, quality oak barrels, long élevage in their Tuffeau cellars - nothing different to many other producers then! Nevertheless, the results are always magnificent, class with a capital “C”, not flashy or exuberant, but simply great wines. Unfortunately, too many people have come to know the wines and the demand largely outstrips the small production from this small jewel of an estate.
Made in very limited quantities, Saumur Champigny ‘Le Clos’ Clos Rougeard is wonderfully complex and intensely aromatic, with notes of black tea, blackberries, tobacco, peat, morello cherries, liquorice, black olives and rosemary. Seamlessly rich, yet with a vibrant acidity, this is an extremely well-balanced wine with superb finesse and elegance. With the estate releasing their annual allocation just once a year, this is a rare opportunity to buy a very special wine from one of the Loire's finest winemakers.
Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc