Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil !!

Ok so I am on my road warrior ways again, and all odds of travel restrictions,mask obligatory, health pass according to yours or theirs beliefs… I was invited to an open house of one of our favorite wine houses in the wonderful wine town of St Nicolas de Bourgueil. Therefore we could not refuse!!! We even went further see my soon to be future posts! 

A few years back while attending our now favorite salon de la gastronomie et vins in Vannes, we met a couple owners of EARL Cousseau-Boireau from La Rodaie neighborhood of St Nicolas de Bourgueil. It has been an ever increasing good relationship. They have even delivered themselves to our house!!! And this time it was our turn to pay a visit to their winery family business.

St Nicolas de Bourgueil Cousseau Boireau La Rodaie vignerons nov21

And family business it is, they have the son and daughter all helping out in different functions. We finally met them too and rather nice simple pleasant talkative French folks! It was indeed a pleasure and the reason for this post as they deserve more notoriety. The open house was Saturday and Sunday Nov 13-14 2021. We pick Saturday to give us time to see other things in the area. Saturday the event was from 9h30 to 19h, and we were there since 10h30 to 13h30.

St Nicolas de Bourgueil Cousseau Boireau vignobles entr nov21

In the open house, they have invited some of their friends to make it an all around gastronomic event! We got introduce to Le Canard Roi direct from the farm of  114 Montquartier, Vivy (49680) no web, and got our block of foie gras and magret de canard in slices by able men Pascal! We go introduce finally! to folks we have not met at the Vannes event even if they go but finally here Champagne Lagille & Fils, Treslou (51) the owners themselves Bernard and Marie Lagille! And they will all be at Vannes November 27-28 for the next gastronomic event!! See you!!! More info in Hachette guide: https://www.hachette-vins.com/guide-vins/producteurs/16166/champagne-lagille/

Finally, one that will not be but we sure will look out for it is the wonderful red Chinon Vignobles du Pressoir, Daguet family and able Julien where we got our Tradition fruity red grenat pleasant in the mouth , and the older Vielle Vignes more structure and ready for some meats! They are at Le Pressoir, Panzoult 37220. info webpage: https://www.vinsvaldeloire.fr/fr/domaine/manoir-du-pressoir

And of course our reason to be there the Cousseau-Boireau vinyards . Heck, here we tried them all again. Starting with our favorite Tradition 2020 vintage, nice again and great price/quality ratio. Continue with the cuvée Kermélise 2020, 6 mos ageing old vines and the cuvée Margaux 2018 2 years ageing of old vines our first try. All for a great time of interaction with the owners family and wines, just my best picture of my belle France. In all this in marvelous Loire valley!! And here in English from the town of St Nicolas de Bourgueil the owners themselves in picture! https://stnicolasdebourgueil.fr/en/vignerons/vignoble-de-la-rodaie/

St Nicolas de Bourgueil Cousseau Boireau jug sales wines nov21

St Nicolas de Bourgueil Cousseau Boireau open house nov21

St Nicolas de Bourgueil Cousseau Boireau vineyards nov21

I have to add the prices here are the best , cannot find in any store , and can only be match if live in deliverable addresses in France. The way we like to meet winegrowers up close and personal over the years! Hope you enjoy the post of my culinary road warrior trips, several others in my blog….

Located in the heart of the Touraine vineyard, the town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is a major center of Loire viticulture. The most famous wines are obviously Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (AOC) and Bourgueil (AOC) which exist in red and rosé and with Cabernet Franc, However, other wines can be produced there such as: Touraine, Crémant de Loire, IGP Val de Loire and Rosé de Loire. Other wines we have tried from this area of St Nicolas de Bourgueil and very good too are Domaine de la Cotellaraie, and Domaine Yannick Amirault.

St Nicolas de Bourgueil la cotelleraie wines nov21

I like to end backward from my usual writing by telling you a bit about the history of the town, always I like!  Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is located in the department 37 of Indre et Loire in the Centre Val de Loire region. Under the Ancien Régime (monarchy), the parish was part of the senechaussee of Saumur and the province of Anjou. In 1790, during the French revolution, the population demonstrated with those of Bourgueil for the maintenance of their village in the administrative jurisdiction of Saumur. The Constituent Assembly decided otherwise and the western part of Saumur (from Bourgueil to Gizeux) was detached from historic Anjou and attached to the brand new department of Indre-et-Loire, as well as the territory of Château-la-Vallière. also detached from Anjou. In 1790-1794, Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil annexed the village of Taille. The current town of Saint-Nicolas was built in the center of the town under the July Monarchy.

The town of St Nicolas de Bourgueil is all about Loire wines: https://stnicolasdebourgueil.fr/en/#vignerons

The wines of the Loire Valley on St Nicolas de Bourgueil: https://www.vinsvaldeloire.fr/en/wine/saint-nicolas-de-bourgueil

And the EARL Cousseau-Boireau is not over yet, they are preparing a gîte a country house to host guests as an apartment, this will look forward to because it is a great central area to stay and roam the back roads of the Loire Valley, the valley of the kings!!

St Nicolas de Bourgueil Cousseau Boireau gite side nov21

There you go folks, a dandy bottle , wonderful country folks who love their work, and gorgeous architecture and huge history all over. This is Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil and surroundings. Hope you enjoy the post and do try the wine, good value price/quality ratio from my France to your table.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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