Clos Rougeard

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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 ( Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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