A winemaker of the highest pedigree, hidden in plain sight. A native of Saumur, Jacques Antoine Toublanc studied enology in Bordeaux before working on the ground in wine in Saumur for a few years, and then in Chile for nearly 7 years. When he returned to France, he was called upon to by his good friends the Foucault brothers to take up the helm of winemaking after the passing of their father, Charly Foucault. Of course, Foucault is the family responsible for what may be one of the most highly regarded (and one of the most expensive) wineries in the Loire: Clos Rougeard.
After Charly’s passing, Clos Rougeard came into ownership by an extremely wealthy French family that have stakes in a number of food and wine related enterprises across the country. It’s not to say that some of the heart gets taken away from these domaines when there's external ownership, but we have to imagine it’s hard to feel fully autonomous as a winemaker in such an environment.
After several years of his role as cellar master of Rougeard, Jacques Antoine Toublanc decided to take up a side project bottled under his own name. Producing just a few wines, firstly sparkling wines raised and vinified with the same processes and care as some of the very finest Champagnes, and an appellation-level Bourgeuil, Jacques Antoine harnesses his skills as a tradesman and applies them thoughtfully to a project all his own. He quietly produces serious wines of finesse, elegance, and quality, basking in the sleepy shadow of the impressive Rougeard domaine.