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Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is a small wine appellation that rings the village of the same name on the northern banks of the Loire river, not too far from Tours. It was created in 1937 and is confined to the one commune. The official records currently show the size of the appellation to be 1050 hectares. The maximum production is set at 55 hectolitres per hectare.
Sands, gravels, silt and limestone provide an ideal base for the Cabernet Franc vines that comprise almost all the vines in the appellation. Cabernet Franc is the only permitted variety in this appellation for both the red wines and the rose.
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