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St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil


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St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, which is located to the northwest of its namesake Bourgueil appellation, is an important region for red wine production in the Touraine region of the Loire. Despite the name, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil's wines are closer to Chinon than Bourgueil in style, tending to take on earthy yet elegant characteristics. St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is named after the commune in the Indre-et-Loire where most of the wines are produced. This is the only village where wines are produced, unlike Bourgueil, which has vineyards in seven villages.

Cabernet Franc is the main grape here; Cabernet Sauvignon can make up 10% of the blend, but no more. No white wines are allowed, but the occasional rosé, made from the same grapes, can be pleasant. St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is one of those underrated French wine appellations that can provide complex, nicely fruity wines for everyday prices.

History

Bourgueil and St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil became AOCs on the exact same day of the exact same year, July 31, 1937. St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil doesn't have quite as exciting a history as does the Chinon region, but winemaking is nonetheless firmly established in the town's traditions.

Climate and Viticulture

St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is located to the northwest of Bourgueil, on the same Loire River that influences so many great wines of the region. Both the general climate and the soil are extremely similar to Bourgueil. The differences in the wines can only be explained by different traditions among producers. In Bourgueil, winemakers cultivate the most masculine, aggressive side of Cabernet Franc, but in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, producers use the sandy soils to bring out the fruity, elegant aspects of the grape. This is good for both appellations, as they are not redundant.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

Like most of the Loire red wine appellations, the St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellation is very reliable. We feature three producers.

Subregions

St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil has no subregions, but make sure to see the page for its sister appellation, neighboring Bourgueil.