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Clos Rougeard: Loire’s top Cabernet Francs?

What happens to a great estate after new owners arrive? Benjamin Lewin MW re-visits this top Loire producer in 2022 to get the latest, taste the most recent vintages, and see what's in store for the future.

With a history of eight generations under the Foucault brothers, establishing its reputation as the best producer of Cabernet Franc (not to mention Chenin Blanc) in the Loire, it created a shock wave when Clos Rougeard was sold to the Bouygues family in 2017.

What has changed since then, and what has stayed the same?

Scroll down for the most recent tasting notes for Clos Rougeard wines

Tasting notes and scores for Clos Rougeard wines:

Vintages 2017-2019: tasting notes and scores from Benjamin Lewin MW
Vintages 2014-2016: tasting notes and scores from Yohan Castaing

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