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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 122 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
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Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrieres, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $53 11577
Domaine des Chesnaies 'Lame Delisle Boucard' Bourgueil Cuvee des Chesnaies, France Cabernet Franc $15 11997
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Trinch, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $20 13745
Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Domaine, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $15 18177
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Nuits d'Ivresse, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $23 18242
Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $16 18737
Yannick Amirault Bourgueil La Petite Cave, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $25 25698
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Clos Senechal, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $26 27568
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $16 29316
Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Le Haut de la Butte, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $21 31013
Yannick Amirault Bourgueil La Coudraye, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $18 31796
Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Mi-pente, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $28 32795
Domaine de la Chevalerie Bourgueil Cuvee Busardieres, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $25 33236
Yannick Amirault Bourgueil Les Quartiers, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $23 33236
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil Cuvee Alouettes, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $15 33825
Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Le Pied de la Butte, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $18 34972
Domaine de la Chevalerie Bourgueil 'Chevalerie', Loire, France Cabernet Franc $21 36323
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Galichets, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $20 36623
Pierre Jacques Druet Bourgueil Grand Mont, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $23 37373
Gauthier Pere et Fils Domaine du Bel Air Bourgueil, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $16 37530
Domaine des Chesnaies 'Lame Delisle Boucard' Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $20 40972
Pierre Jacques Druet Bourgueil Vaumoreau, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $33 42364
Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Franc de Pied, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $30 45701
Domaine de la Butte Bourgueil Perrieres, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $21 45938
Domaine de la Chevalerie Bourgueil Cuvee Galichets, Loire, France Cabernet Franc $18 46866
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