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Bourgueil


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Bourgueil is an qualitatively important Touraine dry red wine appellation, if quantitatively small (1500 ha).

Located west of Tours, its vineyards are planted with Cabernet Franc on calcareous clay and sandy soils gently inclined south towards the river Loire. The wines are medium-full bodied and fleshy, possess rich, perfumed raspberry/forest fruit character and are underpinned by a fine structure with the potential for up to 20 years ageing. Wines are vinified for up to 18 months in french oak barrels.

Recommended Producers
Domaine de la Butte (Jacky Blot) and Domaine de la Chevalerie are good sources