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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

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

  • Sauvignon

  • 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...

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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...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse

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

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

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

  • Cave Des Producteurs de Vouvray

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

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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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  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon Domaine Rene Couly 2011

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    The 2011 Les Chanteaux Chinon white is a very nice example of Chenin blanc that has a bit of maturity. The color, aroma, flavir and texture are rich, velvety and honeyed. No himts of oxidation, which arer so common in Chenin that is not fresh.Ansolutely delicious, satisfying wine, and a very fine example of dry Loire Chenin lanc. Read More

    Wine review by Dan


  • Le Paradis Chinon 2012

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    black cherry, licorice, vanilla....smooth full bodied red with a fairly dry finish... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010

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    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing hints of menthol and cough drop. My better half and I both though the nose was a bit like a dolcetto. On the palate it was slightly less complex. Lots of plush, soft tannin and a delicate balance of flavors. The body was a defining characteristic of this wine - very mo... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • KLwines looks like a star in comparison to those options of yours, JD. ... ... ... questionable Saumur and Touraine these days--multiple cot and gamay options, but no CF--wtf?), and at one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.  ;-(Off further afield in the next day or two. Hopefully will find something reasonable, but it seems I'm like... Read More

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  • Jean Maurice Raffault les Galuches 2011

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    My favorite bottle! Read More

    Wine review by apolloclark


  • Domaine du Vieux Chateau Montlouis Sur Loire Moelleux 2002

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/42221.Montlouis-sur-Loire is an AOC created in 1938 for white and sparkling wines made from the chenin blanc grape, sometimes called 'pineau de la Loire'The appellation is located on the south bank of the river Loire opposite Vouvray on the northj ba... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Catherine and Pierre Breton Bourgueil Rose 2012

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    Wine review by ftezen


  • Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine le Peu de la Moriette 2012

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    honeysuckle, pineapple. Slightly off dry. Tasty overall. I never drink Chenin Blanc so I wasnt sure what to expect. I think, not sure...im not a pro that I would like this wine to be a bit less sweet and probably more acidity. Still great with a fresh salad for dinner. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Vaufuget Vouvray 2011

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    Slightly off dry (it reminded me of riesling), this is a well balanced chenin blanc with lots of acid and notes of green apple and honey with a touch of lime and some slightly salty minerality. Good length with a dry finish. (Proved to be a versatile cheese wine - the sweetness bounced well off both blue cheese and parmesan) Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


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