“The important thing

is to leave the wine in peace”

 

The spirit

Clos Rougeard was established in the 17th century, on the lands of Chacé, a village not far from Saumur. The Foucault brothers, Charly (Jean-Louis, who died in 2015) and Nady (Bernard), were the last of eight generations of the family. They were pioneers of organic viticulture from the outset, refusing to yield to the temptations of chemical substances and gradually inspiring other winemakers.

Since 2017, the Bouygues family has owned this mysterious estate and its legendary wines, true jewels of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. Today, the estate has found new balance thanks to Richard, a passionate winegrower, and Jacques-Antoine, a craftsman of fine wines. They both work with the team to perpetuate the excellence and uniqueness of wines with unparalleled depth, finesse and precision.

The secret

At Clos Rougeard, time is the master. It alone gives the vines and the wines the freedom to develop.

An unspoilt terroir

The 11-hectare vineyard, spread over 20 plots, lies mainly on clay and limestone soil. At the heart of this eco-friendly terroir with its abundant microfauna and microflora grow the purest grapes, produced organically for eight generations. The quality of the estate’s very old vines bears testimony to this: some of them are a hundred years old, and have never received chemical inputs.

A legacy of know-how

At Clos Rougeard, the wines develop and mature with time. They gain their excellence, finesse and depth by being left to age in barrels for more than two years, followed by several years maturing in the depths of the tufa cellars, seven metres underground.

The wines

In keeping with traditional methods, Clos Rougeard wines are made with minimal intervention. The three red wines, under the Saumur-Champigny appellation, are made from Cabernet Franc, and the white wine, under the Saumur appellation, is made from Chenin; these are the Loire valley’s two emblematic grape varieties.

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Le Clos

Le Clos, made from 15 clayey-limestone plots in Saumur-Chapigny, preserves the crisp fruit of the Cabernet Franc and expresses often delicate and spicy floral notes.

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Les Poyeux

This wine is made of a plot of 3 hectares in front of the estate. Based on a gently sloping hill, this location offers a rare terroir in the Saumur-Champigny appellation, combining clays and draining Aeolian sands. This terroir is particularly favourable to Cabernet Franc. This cuvée expresses finesse and reveals sometimes floral notes sometimes small red fruits notes.

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Le Bourg

Located in the heart of the village of Chacé, this plot, composed of very old vines, lies on a predominantly limestone terroir on shallow clay loam, typical of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. This wine reveals riper, fleshier fruit and a dense, full-bodied texture.

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Brézé

Situated on the eponymous hillock on a limestone terroir, Brézé is made of several plots of Chenin. A gem that reveals all the richness of the Chenin with a salinity and a unique aromatic complexity.

Address : 14 Allée des Tilleuls, 49400 Bellevigne-les-Châteaux
Phone : +33 (0)2 41 52 92 65

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