History of Bourgueil
Wine culture seems to be practiced for the Roman Empire, but the vineyard was developed in 990, around the Abbey of Bourgueil. The grape variety Breton (or Cabernet Franc) appears in 1152, with the help of Anjou and Aquitaine politic union.
Designation area is located on 7 towns, on the right side of the Loire river. The slope is soft and landscapes seems like patchwork with a light touch of tuffeau stone buildings.
The half of vineyard is located on the hill above the Loire river, with tuffeau stone soils. The other part is situated on sand and gravel terraces (old Loire river alluvium).
Vineyard have a great opening on the Loire river. Atlantics influences are present in the Loire valley. South hill and forest plateau protect of north winds. This is a mild, temperate and special climate.
Annual production is about 70 000 hectoliters, with 4% of rosé wine.
You can find red and rosé wines.
Basic yield is 55 hl/ha.
The grape variety is Cabernet Franc.
La robe est éclatante, soutenue, de couleur pourpre.
The color is bright, sustained and purple tint.
On the nose, gravel wines have red fruits notes (strawberries, Morello cherries ...). Tuffeau stone wines have ripe raspberry, liquorice and spicies notes, which go to animal notes like leath and coat, with roasting notes.
In the mouth, you can find souple and flowing wines, others can be dense and fleshy wines, which become subdued. At the end, a fresh and well-balanced notes.
The good temperature to serve these wine depends on the age : 14°C for young terrace wines and 17°C for aged wine.
Cellaring potential is fast for gravel wines, as tuffeau stone wines begin to be complex after 5 years of long-keeping.