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Bourgueil Wine

Bourgueil is the appellation for red wines from Bourgueil (and six surrounding communes) in the central Loire Valley wine region of France. Although technically a part of the Touraine district (which is defined by the political boundaries of the city of Tours), Bourgueil is markedly different from its neighbors and is often grouped together as a separate unit with Chinon, just the other side of the Loire river.

The coat of arms of Bourgueil

Bourgueil produces mostly red wines (one of only very few Loire appellations to do so) and a small quantity of rose, both characterized by their crisp, refreshing acidity and prominent spiced-fruit flavors. Tasting notes for Bourgueil reds often cite raspberries and pencil shavings. The reds are made almost entirely from Cabernet Franc (although up to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is permitted under appellation law). Cabernet Franc responds particularly well to the mild, maritime-influenced climate and free-draining soils here. The reds vary from light-bodied, fruit-driven styles that are not dissimilar to good Beaujolais, to silky, mid-bodied wines with complex notes of undergrowth, spice and ripe berry fruit.

In line with the quintessentially French notion of terroir, Bourgueil reds strongly reflect the soil in which the vines are grown. The area around Chinon and Bourgueil is blessed with two soil key types, both of which are well suited to producing quality Cabernet Franc wines. The gravelly alluvial soils close to the banks of the Loire generate lighter, fresher styles with aromas of red berries and licorice, while those rich in the local 'tuffeau jaune' stone type produce richer, spicier wines with 'animal' aromas such as leather and fur.

Tuffeau is a yellowish, fragile, sedimentary rock characteristic of the Loire region, where it was formed during the Turonian era (named after Touraine) roughly 90 million years ago. A combination of sand and marine fossils, the rock is extremely porous, absorbing water rapidly and disseminating it slowly. These qualities are ideal for viticulture as they draw excess water away from vine roots and hold reserves that stop the vines from shutting down entirely during drier periods.

Just as Chenin Blanc has its own name (Pineau) in the Loire region, so the local name for Cabernet Franc is Breton. This is not a reference to Bretagne, the region just to the north-west, but rather the monk given credit for bringing the variety to popularity in the 17th century. Abbot Breton, of Bourgueil Abbey, planted and tended his Cabernet Franc vines with such care that local vine-growers followed his lead and began producing what became the Loire Valley's signature style of red wine.

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We found 129 wines produced in this region.
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Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrieres, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $49 8697
Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Domaine, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $13 11628
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Nuits d'Ivresse, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $23 16432
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Clos Senechal, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $25 22895
Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $17 24307
Yannick Amirault Bourgueil Les Quartiers, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $23 25582
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Trinch, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $20 27186
Domaine Bruno Dufeu Bourgueil Cuvee Grand Mont, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $13 27490
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $18 28932
Pierre Jacques Druet Bourgueil Grand Mont, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $22 29237
Domaine des Chesnaies 'Lame Delisle Boucard' Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $20 32467
Pierre Jacques Druet Bourgueil Vaumoreau, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $32 32467
Domaine des Chesnaies 'Lame Delisle Boucard' Bourgueil Cuvee des Chesnaies, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $40 32885
Pierre Jacques Druet Bourgueil Les Cent Boisselees, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $15 35711
Yannick Amirault Bourgueil La Coudraye, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $17 41698
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Cuvee Alouettes, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $15 45977
Gauthier Pere et Fils Domaine du Bel Air Bourgueil Jour de Soif, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $15 45977
Domaine Damien Lorieux Bourgueil Tuffeaux, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $15 46426
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Galichets, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $20 48261
Domaine de la Noiraie Bourgueil Cuvee Saint Vincent, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $10 48769
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Franc de Pied, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $28 50272
Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Le Haut de la Butte, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $22 51899
Yannick Amirault Bourgueil La Petite Cave, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $23 51899
Domaine de la Petite Mairie Bourgueil Cuvee Ronsard, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $22 53063
Yannick Amirault Bourgueil Le Grand Clos, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $23 55531
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