Charly Foucault: 1947 – 29th December 2015
(Charly in October 2010)
I am very shocked and sad to learn of the death overnight of Charly Foucault, the elder of the two brothers who run the exceptional Clos Rougeard making Saumur-Champigny, Saumur and Coteaux de Saumur. These are great wines and they have a great capacity to age.
I first met Charly and Nady in 1990 when I visited them in their extraordinary cellar in Chacé – the first of several memorable visits. In those days the Foucaults were seen as marginal figures partly because of their careful use of barrel aging. It has been fascinating and very satisfying to see them and the Clos Rougeard be recognised as one of the greatest Loire estates.
Charly and Nady shared a passion for making top quality wine using traditional methods. 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.
Charly was great company with a fine sense of humour. I saw Charly all too briefly in October – never imagining that this would be the last time.
Our sincere condolences to Françoise, Antoine and Caroline, and Nady and Anne. Our thoughts are with you.
Charly pendant les vendanges 2011