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Touraine is the large, central section of the Loire Valley, around the city of Tours. It contains some of the Loire’s most important appellations, such as Chinon, Bougueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Vouvray, and Montlouis, as well as dozens of grape varieties. It is extremely geologically diverse as well, incorporating clay, sand, tuffeau, and gravel soils. The generic appellation of Touraine Blanc can be a blend of Chenin Blanc, Arbois, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, while Touraine Rouge can be any combination of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, Pineau d’Aunis, and Grolleau, which makes for some fun and interesting wines. The same grape varieties can also find their way into rose and sparkling wines.
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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Sauvignon

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  • Clos de la Deviniere Maison Natale de Rabelais Touraine Blanc 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for 5 euros from the gift shop at Chinon castle ... I visited it last year. The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 [although viticulture has been going on here for hundreds of years ] for red,white and rose wines from a large area around the town of Tours. It is an ' umbrella ' AOC because it includes a number of sma... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Jacky Marteau Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2014

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    A Marks and Spencer selection purchased in Bruxelles. This Touraine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc with a musk and smoke nose typical of the region; flavour is dominated by musky grass with a salty finish. Very good value and recommended with fish or seafood. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • The last three wines I have had have all been Cru Beaujolais,a Regnie, a ... I ... I was served a gamay from Touraine at a hotel in France and that was not noticeably  peppery or spicy. I suppose this illustrates the importance of terroi Read More

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  • Cuvee Signee By Romain Parisis Chinon 2011

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    Pretty good for an inexpensive Cab Franc. Light and airy with red cherry, cranberry, a touch of mustiness and a bit of white pepper. The tannins are fairly tight grained and mild, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jovly Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by stachlaw


  • Tonight we met with our Fidelity financial advisor to discuss our 'green ... Gamay [2013]La Gourmandiere Touraine cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and there was also a lot of motorcycle riding as well&nbs Read More

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  • I returned yesterday from a long weekend break in France where I shared three ... Gamay [2013]La Gourmandiere Touraine cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and there was also a lot of motorcycle riding as we Read More

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  • Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie 2010

    Snoothrank:

    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French weekend.Chinon is an AOC created in 1937,although wine production in the areas goes back centuries for mainly red and rose wines made from the cabernet franc grape,known in the area as 'petit breton'[the rare white chinon being made from chenin blanc ] from around the town of t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Gourmandiere Touraine Cot 2010

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    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French weekend.The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 [although viticulture in the region goes back to at least the 4th century AD ] for red,white,rose and sparkling wines produced in 70 communes around the town of Tours in the Loire valley.It is an 'umbrella AOC because it includes som... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay 2013

    Snoothrank:

    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French weekend.The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 [ although viticulture in the region goes back to at least the 4th century AD] for red,white,rose and sparkling wines produced in 70 communes around the town of Tours in the Loire valley. It is an 'umbrella' AOC because it includes s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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