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Monday, 24 April 2017

Clos Rougeard – a brief update

The late Charly Foucault 
during the 2011 harvest 
checking the flow of Cabernet Franc

I understand that the domaine is now definitely up for sale with the required notice has been lodged with the Mairie de Chacé. It is understood that the price may be as high as 8 million euros, as there are several years of stock. The price means that the buyer will be someone like Martin Bouygues, who has been frequently cited as the favourite to purchase Clos Rougeard. 

It remains to be seen whether any of the Foucaults will have any involvement in the domaine once it is sold. It was the late Charly Foucault who made the wine, rather than his brother Nady who is now retiring. Antoine Foucault, Charley's son, made the 2016 vintage.

It could well make sense for any purchaser to retain a link with the Foucaults as it was their skills, knowledge and personalities that made their wines special and latterly in such high demand. After all, for instance, Les Poyeux covers 15 hectares and there are a number of good vignerons who have parcels of vines here and none of them have the renown of the Foucaults nor do their wines achieve anything like the same price. 

Nady Foucault at the 2010 harvest

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