Saumur-Champigny "Le Bourg" 1996 - Clos Rougeard

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Tasting notes for the Saumur-Champigny "Le Bourg" 1996 - Clos Rougeard

  • EYE: The Saumur-Champigny "Le Bourg" 1996 from the Clos Rougeard estate presents a deep ruby red color with slightly tiled reflections on the edge, indicative of its advanced age. Its clarity and brilliance indicate good preservation, while its nuances evoke a certain maturity.
  • NOSE: This Loire red wine releases complex aromas of candied red fruits, black cherry, and dried prunes, accompanied by spicy notes of black pepper and licorice. Hints of leather and tobacco bring an earthy and evolving dimension to this aromatic bouquet, revealing the depth and richness of this wine.
  • MOUTH: The Saumur-Champigny "Le Bourg" 1996 offers a velvety texture and a generous structure. The well-integrated tannins support an explosion of flavors of ripe fruits, blackcurrant, and plums, wrapped in notes of undergrowth and truffle. Balanced acidity brings freshness and liveliness, while a long finish reveals the complexity and elegance of this wine.


In short: The Saumur-Champigny "Le Bourg" 1996 from the Clos Rougeard estate is a Loire red wine of great finesse and remarkable aromatic complexity, reaching its peak after several years of bottle aging. This 1996 vintage was vinified by the famous Foucault brothers, long before the sale of the estate in 2017. It can be stored for a few more years to allow its aromas to fully develop. This wine will brilliantly accompany a variety of dishes, such as roasted lamb chops, duck confit dishes, tomato-based pasta dishes, aged cheeses, and dark chocolate desserts.

Other appellations from this estate: Saumur-Champigny Le Clos, Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux, Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg, Saumur Brézé...

Product Details

Data sheet

75 cl
Red Wine
Grape Variety
Cabernet Franc
Clos Rougeard - Frères Foucault
10-20 years
Serving T°
Le Bourg
Producer: Clos Rougeard - Frères Foucault
Clos Rougeard - Frères Foucault

The legacy of the Foucault Brothers


The Clos Rougeard is first and foremost the story of two men, who took the helm of the estate in 1969: Jean-Louis Foucault (a.k.a. "Charly") and his brother Bernard (a.k.a. "Nady"). The eighth generation of winemakers to manage the Clos, since its creation in 1664. This 10 hectares vineyard, located near the little village of Chacé (Maine-et-Loire department), produces Saumur and Saumur-Champigny appellations. There, a few old parcels coexist, such as "Les Poyeux", "Le Clos" or "Le Bourg".

Bernard and Jean-Louis were precursors when it comes to organic winemaking. Since the 1970's, they've completely banned the use of pesticides, herbicides and any other kind of chemical product. They also choose to refine their wine for long periods of time, from 18 to 30 months. The two brothers have always wanted to work just like their ancestors used to do, and it has a toll on their yields. Between 20,000 and 40,000 bottles are produced at the Clos Rougeard, depending on the year.

When Charly died in 2015, his son Antoine (the current owner of the Domaine du Collier) worked with his uncle Bernard, since he was supposed to inherit the estate. Although, to everyone's surprise, Nady ultimately decided to sell the Clos Rougeard. Thus, in 2017, Martin Bouygues, the wine-loving businessman (who bought the Château Montrose in 2006) acquired the domaine for 12 millions euros. He then appointed the oenologist Jacques-Antoine Toublanc as the new winemaker in chief of the Clos Rougeard.

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