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Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil- AOC by decree on 31st July 1937

This wine has a meaty freshness and jaunty notes of flowers, raspberry and cherry to liven up your table.


The vineyard
Geographical location: The appellation area closely follows the outline of the village of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. The vineyard is located within the confines of the Touraine and Anjou areas, continuing on Westwards from the Bourgueil AOC area, on the upper terrace of the right bank of the Loire.


Surface area: 1,050 ha (2,600 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: The area is mostly on a wide terrace of old silt deposits, with a deep soil made up of sands and gravels. Above the terraces, a third of the vineyard stretches across a limestone (Turonian chalk) hillside covered with sand.
Climate: A large proportion of the vineyard opens out onto the Loire, which is exceptionally wide at this point as it joins the Vienne, and so allows the influence of the Atlantic to penetrate deep inland. The climate is therefore marginally more oceanic that in Bourgueil, but with the same forest covered hillside protecting the well-exposed slopes from the North wind.


The wine
Annual production: Roughly 59,000 hl including 2% rosé
Basic yield: 55 hl/ha
Grape varieties: Cabernet Franc (Cabernet Sauvignon tolerated to a maximum of 10% of the blend, but very rarely used)
Dominant growing practices: Density of 5,000 plants/ha. Strictly regulated pruning, generally single Guyot pruning.


Sensory characteristics: Strong and radiant purple appearance.
Intense nose of small red and violet fruits for wines grown on gravel soils; raspberry, blackberry, liquorice and spices for limestone wines, evolving into notes of leather and earthy undergrowth.
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 to 10 years.

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Where to find this wine?
This wine will enhance :
White meats in sauce
Also goes well with
For a variety of occasions :
Football Night
Market Day
Fresh Air Cuisine
A Relaxed Aperitif
Brunch Sunday

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