Saumur-Champigny "Les Poyeux" 1996 - Clos Rougeard | US Label

Vin de Loire, AOC Saumur-Champigny, Red wine

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Tasting notes for the Saumur-Champigny "Les Poyeux" 1996 - Clos Rougeard (US Label)

  • EYE: The Saumur-Champigny "Les Poyeux" 1996 from Clos Rougeard presents a deep and intense red color, revealing the concentration and maturity of this remarkable vintage. Its slightly evolved appearance, with tiled reflections on the edges, is evidence of its aging in the bottle.
  • NOSE: This wine unveils a complex aromatic bouquet. Notes of stewed red fruits, such as cherry and raspberry, mingle with nuances of undergrowth, leather, and tobacco. Delicate hints of licorice and sweet spices complete this rich and well-evolved olfactory palette.
  • MOUTH: Here, the Saumur-Champigny "Les Poyeux" 1996 reveals all its splendor. The texture is silky, and the tannins are integrated, offering a sensation of velvety smoothness and incredible harmony. The flavors of stewed red fruits are beautifully balanced by a refreshing acidity, while notes of cedar wood, truffle, and black pepper bring additional depth and complexity.


In short: This Saumur-Champigny "Les Poyeux" 1996 from Clos Rougeard is a legendary cuvée, combining sweetness, complexity, and depth. This wine is currently at its peak but can still be stored for 3 to 5 years under good conditions. It will elegantly accompany a wide variety of dishes, from roasted meats to wild mushroom dishes, as well as aged cheeses and pasta dishes in tomato sauce.

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

Product Details

Data sheet

US label
75 cl
Red Wine
Grape Variety
Cabernet Franc
Clos Rougeard - Frères Foucault
10-20 years
Serving T°
Les Poyeux
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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