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Bourgueil- AOC by decree on 31st July 1937

Either fresh, fruity and pleasant, or structured and powerful. Bourgueil has a split personality which enables it to express its two great terroirs in your glass.


The vineyard
Geographical location: The area covered by the Bourgueil AOC stretches over 7 communes on the right bank of the Loire. Its gentle slopes and patchwork landscape create a mosaic effect lit up by its white limestone buildings.


Surface area: 1,400 ha (3,500 acres)
History: In this area, vine growing probably goes back to Roman times, but vineyards only really began to develop properly around the Abbey of Bourgueil, founded in 990. The Breton grape (Cabernet Franc) appeared there in 1152, as a result of the political alliance between the Anjou and Aquitaine regions.
Types of soil: Half of the vineyard area is located on the hillside overlooking the Loire, where the soil is made up of limestone (Turonian chalk); the other half is on sand and gravel terraces (old silt deposits from the Loire).
Climate: A large proportion of the vineyard opens out onto the Loire river and the Atlantic influences moving up through the valley can be clearly felt. The South-facing hillside and forest-covered plateau protect the terrace from the North winds. The grapes here enjoy a mild and temperate microclimate.


The wine
Annual production: roughly 70,000 hl including 4% of rosé
Basic yield: 55 hl/ha
Grape varieties: Cabernet Franc (virtually unique), Cabernet Sauvignon tolerated to a maximum of 10% of planting.
Dominant growing practices: Density of 5,000 plants/ha. In the spring, strictly regulated single Guyot pruning.

Sensory characteristics: Strong and radiant purple appearance.
Intense nose of small red fruits (morello cherries, strawberries) for wines grown on gravel soils; ripe raspberries, liquorice and spices for limestone wines, evolving into notes of a more animal and toasted character (leather, fur...).
Supple and approachable on the palate in some cases; fleshy with a chewy consistency in others, which soften over time. Fresh and balanced finish.
Serving temperature: 14°C for young terrace-grown wines, 17°C for older wines.
Ageing potential: Gravel wines quickly reach maturity (2 to 4 years), while limestone wines only start to express their complexity after being left to mature for 5 years..

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Where to find this wine?
This wine will enhance :
Roast red meats
Also goes well with
For a variety of occasions :
When Asia Comes To Dinner
A Grand Dinner Party
A Colourful Vitamin-Packed Housewarming
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