Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux 1996 - Magnum - Clos Rougeard

Vin de Loire, AOC Saumur-Champigny, Les Poyeux, vintage 1996, Magnum, Wrong Label 750Ml Clos Rougeard - Freres Foucault

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

  • EYE: The Saumur-Champigny "Les Poyeux" 1996 from Clos Rougeard wears a stunning deep ruby red robe, slightly evolved at the edges, indicative of its advanced age.
  • NOSE: This wine reveals a rich and complex aromatic bouquet. Aromas of cooked red and black fruits (cherry, blackberry, plum...) mingle with spicy notes of black pepper, cinnamon, and licorice. Subtle hints of undergrowth and tobacco give this cuvée an earthy and evolving dimension.
  • MOUTH: Silky texture and elegant structure are the key features. The tannins of this Saumur-Champigny, perfectly integrated, support rich and complex flavors of ripe fruits, black cherry, and blackcurrant, enriched by touches of leather and truffle. Fresh and balanced acidity brings liveliness to the whole, leading to a long and persistent finish.


In short: The Saumur-Champigny "Les Poyeux" 1996 from Clos Rougeard, a vintage produced by the famous Foucault brothers long before the sale of the estate in 2017, is a red wine of great elegance and remarkable complexity. Despite its age, this majestic magnum bottle can still be cellared for a few more years to allow its aromas to develop even further. This wine will wonderfully complement a variety of dishes, such as roasted duck breasts, grilled lamb chops, pasta dishes with wild mushrooms, 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

150 cl
Red Wine
Grape Variety
Cabernet Franc
Clos Rougeard - Frères Foucault
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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