Clos Rougeard Saumur Breze Blanc 2015  Front Label
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Clos Rougeard Saumur Breze Blanc 2015

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  • V94
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Winemaker Notes

Rougeard’s mythic white is made from Chenin Blanc grown in the hallowed Saumur Blanc terroir of Brézé, a unique slope of sandy clay and limestone.

Breze cuvee’s style is always to be determined by the vintage, which for the versatile Chenin Blanc in the central Loire could be Sec, Demi-Sec and even Moelleux, depending on the growing season. Aged in 20% new barrels, and rarely finishing malolactic fermentation, Clos Rougeard Brézé is a uniquely complex and long-lived expression of its great terroir.

Critical Acclaim

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D 97
Decanter
A compelling nose reminiscent of a herbal infusion of linden flower and verbena is accompanied by a hint of sea breeze. A soft, mellow yet vibrant mouthfeel for this subtle, magical, seemingly weightless wine.
V 94
Vinous
From 100-year-old vines, this Chenin Blanc is one cool customer. Aromas and flavors of beeswax, honeysuckle, tarragon and pineapple, then orchard fruit in the mouth. Lithe and full of finesse, with great acidity. The long finish delivers crushed stone and salt.
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Clos Rougeard, France
This cult estate has been in the family for several generations. The Foucault brothers (Nadi and Charlie) tend exceptional vineyards, harvest at small yields, vinify in barrel, let the wines bubble for a couple of years in a glacially cold cellar and bottle without filtration. And what you get is the some of the top red wines of the Loire Valley and in the very top of France as a whole. Charles Joguet, the great winemaker of Chinon, once said: “there are two suns. One shines outside for everybody. The second shines in the Foucaults’ cellar.” The rare Chenin Blanc from their vineyards - sometimes sec, demi-sec or even moelleux - has been described by Michel Bettane as “the quintessence of Chenin”. Bettane has tasted the 1921 and listed it as one of the most memorable wines of his life. After the death of Charlie Foucault in 2015, the estate was briefly ran by Nady Foucault and his nephew Antoine (who also produces the excellent Domaine du Collier wines). In 2017, Nady chose to sell the estate to Martin Bouyges, owner of many French wineries, most notably Château Montrose in Bordeaux. Under the direction of Jacques-Antoine Toublanc, the new ownership has vowed to keep things exactly the same in the vines and the cellar.
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Saumur Wine

Loire, France

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Marked by great châteaux built with the same tuffeau limestone that is also responsible for the excavation of so many of the famed Loire caves, Saumur is famous for its Chenin blanc based sparkling wines. Inside the Saumur region, Saumur-Champigny creates some of the Loire’s greatest Cabernet Francs.

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Unquestionably one of the most diverse grape varieties, Chenin Blanc can do it all. It shines in every style from bone dry to unctuously sweet, oaked or unoaked, still or sparkling and even as the base for fortified wines and spirits. Perhaps Chenin Blanc’s greatest asset is its ever-present acidity, maintained even under warm growing conditions. Somm Secret—Landing in South Africa in the mid 1800s, today the country has double the acreage of Chenin Blanc planted compared to France. There is also a new wave of dedicated producers committed to restoring old Chenin vines.

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