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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 du Viking

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

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

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

  • 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 Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

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

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  • Lame Delisle Boucard Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Bourgueil Domaine des Chesnaies 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine back in May when I visited Louis de Grenelle in Saumur [ ] where it was on sale in their shop It is from the nearby Bourgueil appellation. Bourgueil is an AOC created in 1937 [although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans ] for red and rose wines from six communes around the village... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Les Domes Chenonceau 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine back in May when I visited the beautiful Chateau ... nearby village of Civray de Touraine. 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.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau Chenonceau does have a small vineyard and they sell wine and offer ... ... nearby village of Civray de Touraine.I know this because I was there back in May. Chateau Chenonceau is definitely one of the world's most beautiful buildings and deservedly a premier tourist attracti Read More

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  • Redagic  Malbec originated in France but the taste of a wine is not only ... a bottle of La Gourmandire Touraine Cot and I recall that it was fairly lightweight in style .Malbec is sometimes used in a blend in Bordeaux but the only 100% malbec I have heard of from Bordeaux is from Chateau Tire Pe. I have not tried that particular cuvee.The thi... Read More

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  • Vouvray R Cuvee Vincent Raimbault Demi-Sec NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Marc Plouzeau Touraine Sauvignon 2014


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    Wine review by fourthfromleft

  • Les Cailloux Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014


    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


    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


    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

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