History and Background
Situated in the Saumur-Champigny appellation of the Loire Valley, Clos Rougeard is a legendary estate with roots that trace back to the mid-17th century. The Foucault family, who had been at the helm for several generations, elevated the estate to iconic status, producing some of the most sought-after Cabernet Franc wines in the world. The Foucault brothers, Nady and Charly, were particularly instrumental in the estate's rise to fame, emphasizing organic viticulture and minimal intervention winemaking.
Vineyards and Terroir
Clos Rougeard's vineyards benefit from the Saumur-Champigny appellation's unique terroir:
Soil Composition: The vineyards are characterized by their tuffeau limestone soils, which contribute to the wines' elegance, minerality, and depth.
Grape Varieties: While the estate is renowned for its Cabernet Franc wines, a small portion is also planted with
Chenin Blanc, reflecting the diversity of the Loire Valley.
Wine Style and Production
Clos Rougeard is celebrated for producing wines that are:
-Elegantly structured, with a pronounced minerality, and characterized by their aromatic purity and depth.
-Crafted with a hands-off approach, allowing the terroir and grape variety to shine through, resulting in wines that are both authentic and of the highest quality.
The winemaking philosophy at Clos Rougeard emphasizes respect for the land, with organic practices being employed to ensure the vines are in harmony with their environment.
Clos Rougeard's wines, especially their Cabernet Franc offerings, have achieved cult status among wine enthusiasts and critics alike. Their wines are known for their longevity, complexity, and ability to beautifully express the nuances of their terroir. The estate's commitment to traditional winemaking and its deep connection to its terroir have solidified its position as a benchmark producer in the Loire Valley.
Clos Rougeard stands as a beacon of excellence in the Loire Valley. Through a combination of traditional winemaking, a deep understanding of its unique terroir, and a commitment to organic viticulture, the estate produces wines that are not only reflective of their origin but also rank among the world's most esteemed. For those seeking the epitome of Loire Valley wine, especially Cabernet Franc, Clos Rougeard offers an unparalleled experience of elegance, depth, and authenticity.