Touraine Wine

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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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • 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 ...

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

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

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

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

  • Domaine Georges et Nicolas Brunet

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

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  • Les Cailloux Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014

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    This young and juicy wine is much more dense and fruit-forward than recent years (which had poor harvest results in most cases) and quite drinkable now. Café-style Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil at its best - bursting with cherries on the nose - almost like Nouveau. Rich berry flavours on entry - especially blueberry (bleuet) that explode but finis... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Charles Jouget Chinon Rose 2014

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Le Vendangeoir Saint Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014

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    Great raspberry scent on this Touraine wine with similar red berry flavours on entry. The wine is somewhat light and cheerful - perfect for drinking alone or with light meat dishes. Excellent price - especially for downtown Paris. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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

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    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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