Antoine Foucaults’ 2017 Saumur Rouge La Ripaille follows the magical form of this wine and like the 2016 it glows in the glass and displays deep set aromas of concentrated blackberry, cassis and attractive leafy notes. Exquisite, and as with all his wines, Antoine has captured a wonderful dimension in this wine that comes across like a hypothetical blend of Volnay (silky, silky) and Saint-Émilion (depth, substance). Sumptuousness aligned to elegance follows, displaying a rich mineral depth and a superb sense of fruit and tannin sweetness that only the best wines do. As attractive as it is to drink now it will probably reach it's peak in 10-20 years, maybe longer... - Importer Note
Antoine practices Bio dynamics and the harvest is manual with strict sorting carried out in the vineyards. In his deep cellar, Antoine is very observant but lets nature take it's course, he uses a very modest dose of sulfur before the bottling.The wines are aged in a combination of seasoned barrels and foudre for anywhere between 24 and 36 months before release. The cellar is actually part of Clos Rougeard which is renowned for being very cold and this protects the wines in élevage and I think goes some way to explaining the glacial development of the wines in bottle.
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|Product Type||Wine Red Cabernet Franc|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|