Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg 2011 - Clos Rougeard

Vin de Loire, AOC Saumur-Champigny, Le Bourg, vintage 2011, Clos Rougeard-Frères Foucault

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Tasting notes for the Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg 2011 - Clos Rougeard

  • EYE: The Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg 2011 from Clos Rougeard, a vintage produced by the famous Foucault brothers, boasts a ruby red robe with clear highlights, announcing its youthfulness and liveliness. Its clarity and brilliance reflect the quality of this great Loire wine.
  • NOSE: Aromas of cooked red fruits, such as cherry and strawberry, intertwine with spicy notes of black pepper and delicate floral nuances of violet. Subtle hints of licorice and undergrowth complete this complex and expressive olfactory palette.
  • MOUTH: The Saumur-Champigny Le Bourg 2011 offers a silky texture and an elegant structure. The tannins, well-present but velvety, support flavors of crisp red fruits, red currant, and raspberry, enhanced by notes of cinnamon and cocoa. Lively and balanced acidity brings freshness and dynamism to the whole, leading to a nice length and a harmonious finish.


In short: This Saumur-Champigny "Le Bourg" 2011 from the Clos Rougeard is a stunning vintage coming from an incredible terroir, boasting great finesse and beautiful aromatic complexity. You could open it right away, but if you want the absolute best tasting experience you should wait a dozen more years. This beautiful Loire wine will elegantly accompany a variety of dishes, such as duck breasts with cherries, wild mushroom risottos, aged cheeses, roasted poultry, 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
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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