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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Sauvignon

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

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  • Domaine Georges et Nicolas Brunet

    From a family of wine growers since eight generations we cultivate very traditionally and we resp...

  • Château de Vaugaudry

    Dès le XVIème siècle les seigneuries voisines de Vaugaudry et du Plessis-Gerbault appartiennent d...

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse

    Installé en 1987 par passion du vin avec un hectare, Wilfrid Rousse exploite aujourd'hui 18 hecta...

  • Cave Des Producteurs de Vouvray

    The Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray was created in 1953, at the initiative of a small group of wi...

  • Domaine du Viking

    The vineyards, extending to some 14 hectares (about 35 acres), are situated on the gentle slopes ...

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

    Originating from a family of winemakers in Cravant, Bernard Baudry started his career as a wine c...

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Touraine on Snooth

  • Bougrier Vin de France Chenin V 2015

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    Good Thanksgiving choice. Moderately sweet with good acidity for balance. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Pallus Messanges Rose Cabernet Franc Chinon Val de Loire 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Domaine de la Grange le Clos Mabille 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... around a tenner for it. The Touraine appellation was created in 1939 [although viticulture here goes back to at least thge Romans ] for red,white,rose and sparkling wines produced in 70 communes around the town of Tours in the Loire valley.It is an 'umbrella 'appel... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de la Noblaie les Chiens-Chiens Chinon 2012

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    Raspberry and cherry float lightly with dried florals, herbs and spice. With just a touch of extra body this easy to drink, well heeled and lengthy. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine de la Noblaie les Chiens-Chiens Chinon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Odysseyon


  • La Chevallerie Vieilles Vignes Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a Stand at the London France Show back in January that was selling Loire valley wines [ www.amandaswines.co.uk ] and I paid around a tenner for it. Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil is an appellation created in1937,although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for red and rose wines from the single commune... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Vaucorneilles Cuvee Nathan Touraine Mesland 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... paid around a tenner for it.Touraine Mesland is a sub-appellation within the larger Touraine appellation for red,white and rose wines from six communes around the village of Mesland.This is located on the north bank of the Loire river about halfway between the town... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Remy Pannier Cabernet Franc Chinon 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by PJBradar


  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon les Galuches 2014

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    Thanksgiving Dinner with Frank in LA Read More

    Wine review by tiffanyh124


  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian ... in honor of the celebrated Touraine appellation in France’s Loire Valley. This “Loregon” wine is sustainably farmed, L.I.V.E. certified and is crafted with minimal intervention, delivering a wine that is full with life and the energy of its ancient soils. Drop a... Read More

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