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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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon

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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...

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

    In order to ensure the best conditions for matured wine, 3 local stone cellars allow us to store ...

  • Couly-Dutheil

    The famous vineyard of Chinon Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Co...

  • 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 Daniel Chauveau

    In 1936, Jacques Chauveau, a Parisian doctor bought the property. At that time a small amount of ...

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  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rose 2012

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    Very nice rose of cab franc. Hints of ripe strawberry, lime pith, nice acidity and some floral notes on the finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jean-Claude Bougrier Vouvray 2012

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    Sweet upon entry and quickly followed by crisp acidity to balance the sugar. Very smooth and paired well with salmon dip and a strong blue cheese. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Monmousseau Vouvray 2012

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    Not bad but not great vouvray. A touch of grapefruit and also pineapple on the nose. Crushed pineapple, creamy lemon, decent acidity on the palate and just a touch on the sweet side. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Huet Vouvray le Haut-Lieu Sec 2011

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    Very interesting somewhat woody nose, but with some peach/melon scents. On the tongue I can, again, get peach or cantaloupe flavors. Good acid structurewhile there is some tartness, it is not enough to chase away anybody who is tart aversemakes it quite refreshing. Maybe Im showing my inexperience, but, if I did not know bettere.g., I had not... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013

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    A hint of mint or tarragon greets the nose followed by dusty mineral notes, a touch of green tomato and some sweet apricot undertones. Lean and focused, this is rather austere style of Sauvignon Blanc with fine acids supporting a veil of green tomato and lime flavors. the texture here is attractively fresh and light, though the flavors are clea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vouvray "Tuffeau " Thierry 2009

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    15.96 --> 9.96 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • J.m. Raffault Chinon Rose 2013

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    Spicy and herbal on the nose with suggestions of mint, sweet tomato and ginseng framing faint, earthy red fruit. Bright on the palate, this has nice body and a hint of sugar but remains acid driven with light and lively flavors of red currant and strawberry fruit. A bit simple in the mouth, I do like the zesty character here and the rather elega... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • It was indeed a great trip although I did get rained on a couple of timesI have ... have ... Frere Jean,' Touraine Rouge from Maison Natale de Rabelais 2009Clos de la Deviniere  Touraine Blanc from Maison Natale de Rabelais 2010Chateau Moncontour 'La Belle Angerie' Vielles Vignes Vouvray Demi-Sec 2010In the Calais supermarket I bought three bo... Read More

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  • I have just returned from my long weekend motorcycle trip to ... Chinon ... Chinon plus a Vouvray and a Touraine.I also stopped off at the big supermarket in Calais and got three bottles of Sauternes and some cheese.I had the cheese for my supper last nig Read More

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