(Charly in October 2010)
Charly died overnight in a hospital in Angers – he had been in hospital several times since the end of the 2015 harvest.
Charly took over running the Clos Rougeard from his parents in 1969 with Nady (Bernard), who is three years younger. They are the 8th generation of Foucaults to make wine in Chacé. The oldest legal document about the domaine dates from 1664. Before the Second World War their grandfather sold his wines to the famous La Tour d'Argent restaurant in Paris.
It has been fascinating and very satisfying to see them and the Clos Rougeard be recognised as one of the greatest Loire estates. Through remaining true to their beliefs they became an inspiration to a new generation of vignerons.
Charly was very proud and supportive of Françoise, his wife, when she was in charge at Château Yvonne in Parnay, where her Saumur Blanc was excellent.
(Additional material from ouestfrance)