Bourgueil (pronounced "bor-goy") is in France's Loire Valley, an area defined by the Loire River that empties into the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Nantes. The Loire is probably best known for its sauvignon blanc made in the appellations of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, and several others. However, cabernet franc is the main grape variety in Bourgueil, and it produces a medium-bodied red wine that shows a very attractive combination of fruit and earth.
Domaine de la Chanteleuserie (the place where the larks sing) is one of importer Kermit Lynch's many great discoveries. Moise Boucard, a respected vigneron whom Kermit met in 1976, has not only given his good sense of humor and modesty to his son, Thierry, but his winemaking skills, too. The seventh generation of winegrowers at Chanteleuserie, Thierry now shares the domaine with his wife, Christine.