History of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil

Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is located next to Bourgueil, so the two cities have the same history.



  • Localisation

Designation area is in the city of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. The vineyard is located between Touraine and Anjou region, in the west of Bourgueil, on the high terrace of right-side of the Loire river.

  • Area

1100 hectares

  • Soils

Designation area is located on a large old alluvial terraces, with deep soils of sand and gravel. Above terraces, vineyard is on tuffeau stone hill (craie du Turonien), which is covered by sand.


  • Climate

Vineyard is opened to the Loire river, which with the confluence with the Vienne river, take exceptionnal dimensions and let come maritime influences. So, climate is more oceanic than Bourgueil, with the same covered hill of forest, which protect hillsides of North wind.



Annual production is about 59 000 hectoliters, which represents about 7 800 000 bottles, with 2% of rosé wine.


The colors are red and rosé wines.


Annual yield is 54 hl/ha.

The grape variety is Cabernet Franc.


Wine tasting

  • Sensory characteristics

The color is bright, deep and purple.


For smells, there are little red fruits and violet for gravel wine. Raspberry, blackberry, liquorice and spicies for tuffeau stone wines, which goes to leath and undergrowth notes.


In mouth, souple for ones, dense and full-bodied for the others, which ease with time. At the end of mouth, wine is fresh and balanced. 


To serve these wines, it depends on the age : 14°C for young terrace wines and 17°C for aged wines.


Gravelly soils wines are rapidely mature, while tuffeau stone wines can be kept between 5 and 10 years.