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Crush Wine & Spirits USD 159.95 750ml

Saumur Champigny Rouge Clos Rougeard 2009

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"Tasted from multiple barrels (largely used Bordeaux First Growth and new handiwork from a local tonnelier), the materials for Clos Rougeard’s basic 2009 Saumur-Champigny – from parcels on relatively clay-rich soil – were gassy from recent completion of malo but a wonderful combination of fresh, tart-edged blackberry and elderberry; tobacco-, peat- and black tea-like smokiness; along with chalk and iodine made for an intensely aromatic, palate-staining show that finished with vibrant interaction of meats, juicy berries, and minerals. This combines verve and brightness with seamless richness and is apt to make for a wine that will demand at least a couple of years in bottle and be worth following for 6-8. The portion in new Loire barrels incidentally – and employing any new wood on this cuvee represents an experiment prompted by the vintage – was nearly black, sweetly ripe, but very firm in feel, and while seemingly full of pent-up energy, was surprisingly no more evolved than the wine from older barriques...91-92+" WA 08/10

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Clos Rougeard:
Clos Rougeard seems to be something of a semi-mytical entity given the paucity of information and wine that emerges from the anonymous gates in the Rue L'Eglise in Chacé just south of Saumur itself. The brothers Charlie and Nadi Foucault quietly get on with producing some of, if not, the best Cabernet Franc in the world leaving their admirers clamouring for whatever allocation the... Read more
Clos Rougeard seems to be something of a semi-mytical entity given the paucity of information and wine that emerges from the anonymous gates in the Rue L'Eglise in Chacé just south of Saumur itself. The brothers Charlie and Nadi Foucault quietly get on with producing some of, if not, the best Cabernet Franc in the world leaving their admirers clamouring for whatever allocation they can get each year. The estate first came to my attention in an old Revue de Vin de France on the best red wines in the Loire which called the 1989 Clos Rougeard Le Bourg 'un mythe absolu'. The estate further cemented its reputation in those pages by being rated the only 'Grand Cru Exceptionenel' (Revue du Vin de France Fevrier 2006 #498). The most up to date information on the web can be found on Chris Kissack's Wine Doctor site and, at the time of writing in June 2009, Jim Budd was threatening a round up of his visit to their cellar on his blogsite (http://jimsloire.blogspot.com/search/label/Clos%20Rougeard) Read less

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"Tasted from multiple barrels (largely used Bordeaux First Growth and new handiwork from a local tonnelier), the materials for Clos Rougeard’s basic 2009 Saumur-Champigny – from parcels on relatively clay-rich soil – were gassy from recent completion of malo but a wonderful combination of fresh, tart-edged blackberry and elderberry; tobacco-, peat- and black tea-like smokiness; along with chalk and iodine made for an intensely aromatic, palate-staining show that finished with vibrant interaction of meats, juicy berries, and minerals. This combines verve and brightness with seamless richness and is apt to make for a wine that will demand at least a couple of years in bottle and be worth following for 6-8. The portion in new Loire barrels incidentally – and employing any new wood on this cuvee represents an experiment prompted by the vintage – was nearly black, sweetly ripe, but very firm in feel, and while seemingly full of pent-up energy, was surprisingly no more evolved than the wine from older barriques...91-92+" WA 08/10

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