BOURGUEIL ♦ SAINT NICOLAS DE BOURGUEIL ♦ CHINON ♦ SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY

Our range, our cuvées and our millésimes (harvesting years)

AOP Bourgueil "Le Grand Clos"

Gamme : Domains

Millésime : 2011

Planted area : 9 hectares

Locality : BOURGUEIL

Situation : 4 Hectares on the terrace and 5 hectares on the hill.

Orientation : South

Altitude : 20 to 60 metres

Climate : In 2011 the climate was spectacular. Spring gave record warm temperatures and sunny weather. The blossoming was particularly precocious ending at the beginning of June. The corollary was in advance of nearly 3 weeks and harvesting started as soon as the 13th of September.

Soil : Sand and gravel for the terrace. Limestone clay for the hill.

Grape variety : 100 % cabernet franc (locally called «cabernet breton ») grafted on a 3309 and 101/14 stock.

Average age of vines : 40 years, density 5000 plants/hectare

Yield : 48 hectolitres/hectare for the terrace and 40 for the hill

Alcoolic degree : 12°8

Harvesting : Manual and mechanical depending on the age of the vines. Done from the 13th to the 15th of September for the terrace and the 20th of september for the hill.

Vinification : 100 % destemming without pressing. Vinification  in vats thermostatically controlled by internal heat exchangers at 26 – 28 °C. 2 to 4 weeks fermentation. Malolactic fermentation done immediately after draining and completed by the end of December.

Maturing : Lightly filtered on a diatomic bed in Spring, matured traditionnally in tanks and barrels (1/2 hogshead of 600 litres) before being bottled.

Aging potential : from 5 to 15 years depending on the cellar or cave.


Prize list

Gold LIGER at the Contest Salon des Vins de Loire 2013 at Angers.

« The intense brilliant red garnet colour with purple glints of the robe opens to the nose associating black fruit and spices. The near meaty attack to the mouth brings balance of freshness and fruity aromas coating the tannins ending with silky maturity. Extrordinary and superb, this delicate and gourmand Bourgueil»

1 star in the Guide Hachette 2014

 

« A beautiful glossiness to this wine, predominantly floral, lively and full in the mouth, elegant. A good Bourgueil to keep, and marked out to eat with beef in sauce. »