here are some very famous wines that are extremely limited and inspire a cult like following; and then there is Clos Rougeard. The tiny amounts of Cabernet Franc and even tinier amounts of Chenin Blanc that the Foucault brothers make in Saumur-Champigny are among the most rare and sought after bottles in France and now the U.S.What's the trick? Well it's a bit mysterious but basically they possess very old vines on special terroir. Their yields are tiny, farming is meticulous and the cellar is deep, dank and cold. Those few of us luck enough to visit can attest to layers of mold and caverns of oak barrels with various vintages slowly fermenting or resting for years before bottling. The wines are stunning. They can age probably forever. And they are extremely limited.
"The Clos Rougeard 2002 Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux displays resin, oil, mint, blackberry, smoked meat, toasted nuts, flowers, and wet stone in the nose. Firm in underlying tannin, it saturates the palate with bitter black fruit, an ore-like, ineffable minerality, and smoky, carnal depth. Very clear in fruit and striking in its rather austerely mineral way, this displays abundant tannin, yet a generously juicy, satisfying finish." -David Schildknecht