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Bourgueil is a terroir of red wine, similar to Chinon. You need to be an expert to distinguish the one from the other. This is because Bourgueil and Chinon share the same terroir specificity, history and wine making tradition.

It seems that some Bourgueil wines mature longer than their Chinon neighbor. Specially the ones coming from the south of the appellation and called "vins de cotes".

Bourgueil is often compared to the wines from Médoc in Bordeaux. Cabernet grapes are used to make both wines.


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Bourgueil wine information :

Appellation Bourgueil Controlée
Appellation Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Controlée


West of Tours city, and East of Saumur

Places: Bourgueil, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil and Restigné, Benais, Ingrandes de Touraine
Soil: Limestone
Size: 1,200 ha (2,900 acres)

9 million bottles


Cabernet Franc (or Petit Breton)

Type of wines: Fruity red wine
Dry rosé (less than 5% of the production)

Bourgueil: 3 to 10 years
Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil: 2 to 5 years

2003, 1997

Red fruits
Black currant
Green capsicum


With a starter



Port Salut
Saint Nectaire

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More pages about Loire Valley :
Loire region

Wines from the Loire Valley :
Muscadet - Anjou - Coteaux du Layon - Saumur - Touraine - Bourgueil - Chinon - Vouvray - Pouilly Fumé - Sancerre

About Loire wine region :
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Other french wine regions :
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