Clos Rougeard
Saumur Champigny 'Le Clos', 2017

Loire Valley, France

£250.00

Clos Rougeard, Saumur Champigny 'Le Clos', 2017

Clos Rougeard
Saumur Champigny 'Le Clos', 2017

Loire Valley, France

£250.00

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SIZE:
75cl

A rare chance to enjoy one of the great icons of the Loire. The 2017 'Le Clos' Saumur Champigny blends together several plots with Cabernet Franc vines aged up to a staggering 90 years old. Bold, yet with incredible elegance and restraint this is a very pure expression of Saumur Champigny with incredible ageing potential. 

With age, the wines offer an almost Burgundian texture and aromatic profile. It is a treat worth waiting for. A major characteristic of the wines is the sheer purity of the fruit, with a wonderfully seamless silky edge to the Cabernet Franc; a natural elegance that is the antithesis of forcefulness.

17
James Lawther MW - jancisrobinson.com

Elegant but restrained. Denser and with a bit more energy and drive than the 2018. Juicy, long and fresh. Lovely balance and oh, so pure. Fine, long and precise.

About Clos Rougeard

'A great wine is not big or heavy. It just needs intensity and finesse, not to mistake for extract and meagreness.' - Nady Foucault

Founded in the late 17th century, and beloved by industry insiders and wine lovers worldwide, Clos Rougeard is undoubtedly one of France's most highly reputed iconic wines. The unrivalled quality of its wines is mainly due to the extremely demanding viticultural standards practised at the estate since the 1960s e.g. no chemical treatment in the vines, organic farming and encouraging minimal yields due to the density of plantings. 

The Focault brothers, Charly and Nady, were the eighth generation at the helm of this estate until Charly's death in 2015. Following in their late father's footsteps, the brothers were early pioneers of organic viticulture:

‘In the 1960s, when our father saw the arrival of pesticides, he immediately understood the danger it posed to the health and life vitality of the soil. In the early 1970s, organic farming was not recognised by vine growers and most of them thought we were crazy. Today it’s the opposite!’ - Charly Focault

In the brother's hands, Clos Rougeard's already glowing reputation hit near-mythical status, and today they remain one of the wine world's most prestigious names. These are sensational wines that more than live up to their hype.

 

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