Bourgueil ( French pronunciation: [buʁɡœj] ( listen)) is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France . Pop. Bourgueil is an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) for wine in the Loire Valley region, and produces primarily red wine from the grape variety Cabernet Franc.What is the history of Bourgueil vineyards?
There’s much history in these Bourgueil vineyards. Cabernet Franc was first planted here by the monks of Bourgueil Abbey during the 10th century, possibly brought up-river from the port of Nantes and originally from Bordeaux.What is the soil like in Bourgueil?
Soil: Bourgueil has three, easily identified soil types: little islands of gravel in the alluvial terraces of the Loire; higher terraces of ancient, glaciated alluvian sand and gravel; and clay/limestone soils from the ridge which runs along the north of the appellation. Climate: A maritime/oceanic climate.What is the best Bourgueil wine?
As a contrast, their top selection is from the slope, the coteaux, named after one of Bourgueil’s best vineyard site, Les Perrières. It’s aged in wood for up to 24 months, depending on the vintage, and packed with tannins when young, but develops into a ripe, spicy wine as it matures.