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BOURGUEIL Mathilde Giraudet DOMAINE DES MARQUISES

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aoc : BOURGUEIL

Mathilde Giraudet is responsible for four different domains and four great wines in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley.

As one critic put it: “… it is easy to have a soft spot for the best of Bourgueil. There is an integrity of flavor and fruit that, when mature, is well structured and direct.

Located at the heart of the Loire Valley, the AOC region stretches over an area of 3000 acres. The Bourgueil wine, this light-bodied and fruity wine considered to be one of the best wines of the Loire Valley, is produced on the Domaine des Marquises’ 140-acre vineyard.

Although the Bourgueil wine was produced during Antiquity, it did not become truly popular until the tenth century when the Benedictine monks from the Bourgueil Abbey really started to develop it. It was a real source of inspiration for poets such as Ronsard, Rabelais and Balzac.

Ronsard praised in verse this wine in “Louanges de la rose”:

“Pour these roses into the wine,
Into this fine wine pour these roses,
And drink one to another, that
Those sad things we keep in our hearts
May meet in drinking some kind of end.”

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Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) France and (AOP) Appellation d’Origine Protégée Europe system. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

We do not select wines based on them being organic, biodynamic, or sustainable, but many of the wines produced by our winemakres fall in to one or more of these categories. The US regulations for organic wines are different from the French regulations for organic wines. Therefore, the French organic wines can’t carry on the bottle the French organic logo. We will mentionned in our descriptif if the wine is labeled organic in France.