A Legend In Top Form:
2014 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux

Posted by Ian McFadden

Rougeard is, without a doubt, among the most aristocratic and longest-lived wines of the Loire.

The wines possess depth, precision, and refinement that's without peer. Simply put, these are some of the great wines of the world.

A few weeks ago, we offered a modest parcel of Clos Rougeard's 2014 Les Clos, which sold out in a few hours. Today, we turn to their Poyeux bottling.

The excitement over Rougeard's 2014s doesn't surprise us. The 2014 vintage in the Loire is one of the best in the past couple of decades. The wines are incredibly complete with verve, finesse, and concentration. As you could guess, Rougeard's collection is killer.

Along with Le Bourg, Les Poyeux is a lieu-dit planted to 50-year old Cabernet Franc vines. Poyeux is a stunning bottle. In certain vintages, it can go head-to-head with the mighty Bourg. Poyeux dazzles with its combination of savory depth and beautifully precise, high-toned floral and spice notes.

Expect the 2014 Poyeux to be a seriously complicated powerhouse. This is a Cabernet Franc presented in a shockingly Chambertin-like way. It possesses an incredibly finessed and harmonious intensity.

The wines of Rougeard have blown up, and with each passing year, the wines have grown harder to find. The sale of Rougeard to the Bouygues brothers, owners of Château Montrose, in 2017 marks the end of 8 generations of the Foucault family at the estate. The 2014 collection seems posed to be one of the final monuments to the Foucault family's incredible work.

Before closing, I should say what is likely obvious: there's not much of the 2014 Poyeux to go around. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux

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