I popped this one on a whim. Wife out drinking with a friend. Hit the PDQ for chicken strips and tater tots. What pairs best with fried stuff, well, a good red with some cut. Loire Cab Franc.
This 2014 is as I expected: excellent. A classic vintage in Loire. I know some of the critics are raving about the recent really ripe vintages like 2018 and 2015. Ok, sure. They are wrong. Classic is where it is at; classic never goes out of style. Think Audrey Hepburn. This Rougeard has a weightless, silky transparency to it that you just cannot find in other Loire reds. It’s ripe, the range of red fruits is broad, but while the acidic cut is there, it is still pure silk. This is an archetype Loire Cab Franc, has all the markers of green tobacco leaf, bell pepper, ash, crunchy red fruits, but they are all folded into a perfectly integrated, balanced display. The wine also reeks of dark rich earth. The soils here must be something fantastic as so many other Loire Cab Francs show dry earth to me (Clos Guillot excepted). Love the sweet tangy finish. The nose was a bit muted, being the only limiter here.
I should caveat: I love the Les Clos but the present cost does not make sense from a qualitative perspective. The Les Poyeaux and Le Bourg is where the big qualitative leaps occur. Those wines can be mind-blowing. The Les Clos is certainly top of the Loire field, but hard to say it is worth 3.5-4x more for any other reason but the scarcity and cool factor. And of course, this was the last vintage before the Domaine was sold.
Wine on point, probably underripe for non savages. Could use a resident chef for sure the cuisine needs to be far more rustic to complete the Owlman aura. What is the going rate for a smack talking journeyman chef on furlough?
Note that I posted the question as well. You may need to re-check pricing, however, as Conseillante, VCC and Figeac are well up there now! I did put in an order for 3 more. Makes no sense but it is Rougeard. I love all of those wines as well. Just grabbed some more 2004 VCC for the pretty killer price of less than this Rougeard, but new releases are, what, $300+?
I think Le Bourg is every bit as great as 2014 Haut Brion and 2014 Mouton.
Drinking an Ante Phylloxera right now. You are right, this stuff is and has always been, killer. I’m still getting it for $50, at least that was my price on the 2015. I suspect it will hedge up. I have not grabbed the 2016 yet. This always seems to be a late release wine.