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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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  • 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 Blanc

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

  • 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

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Touraine on Snooth

  • Domaine Eric Herault Vieilles Vignes Chinon 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros from a shop in Chinon back in May when I visited that area. Chinon is an AOC created in 1937,although wine production in the area goes back centuries, for mainly red and rose wines made from the cabernet franc grape, known in the area as 'petit breton' [the rare white Chinon being made from chenin blanc ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos Roche Blanche Pif Cabernet Franc Cot Case of 6 Bottles 2011

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    All quinine and root vegetables on the nose with lots of rich, loamy earth and smoky tobacco aromas. Both firm at its core, and round with the slight fleshiness of youth, this is too young today with lots of the quinine and earthy root vegetable flavors that show up on the nose. Quite tannic with fruit tannins, this really does take after Amaron... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clos Roche Blanche Pif Cabernet Franc Cot Case of 6 Bottles 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Clos de la Deviniere Maison Natale de Rabelais Cabernet Franc 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 5 euros from the gift shop at Chinon castle ... I visited in May. It is a Touraine AOC wine. The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 for red, white, rose and sparkling wines made from a variety of grapes in 20 communes stretching along 60 miles of the Loire river from Blois to Chinon. It is an 'umbrella' designati... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop, also called 'Le Grand Bouqueteau ' next to the car park by the entrance to Chinon castle when I visited at the end of May 2014. Chinon is an AOC created in 1937,although wine production in the area goes back centuries, for mainly red and rose wines made from the cabernet franc grape, known in the area a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

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    Dark Ruby/Burgundy Color with earth/mineral and cinnamon/grape jelly taste/smell.A bit of chocolate in the background then after a while an odd, but pleasant carrot/celery/green chile notes.Very Dry and quite tart. A Cabernet Franc that I keep asking, 'terrific, now where is the Sauvignon?' This clearly felt like here is the half of the Cabernet... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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


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