Clos Rougeard

Clos Rougeard

Clos Rougeard is at this point a full-on "cult" estate that produces what is arguably the finest expression of Cabernet Franc in the world. This small Saumur-Champigny domaine has been in the Foucault family for generations. Brothers Nadi and Charlie Foucault took responsibility for the property in 1969 and produce 3 reds--the Clos, Poyeux and Bourg--and one white, a Saumur named Brézé from 100+-year-old vines. They tend exceptional vineyards and hand-harvest at very low yields. The wine is fermented in barrel with native yeasts and aged in barrel for an extended period in their glacially cold cellar; bottling is without filtration.

The great Chinon vigneron Charles Joguet once said about his friends at Rougeard “There are two suns. One shines outside for everybody. The second shines in the Foucaults’ cellar.”