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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 du Viking

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

  • Château de Vaugaudry

    Dès le XVIème siècle les seigneuries voisines de Vaugaudry et du Plessis-Gerbault appartiennent d...

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • 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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  • Pinon Vouvray Tradition 2007

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    Wine review by RachelNYC


  • Domaine de Noire Chinon Elegance 2005

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    Wine review by Moglandor


  • Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgeuil Perrieres 2005

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    This was a luscious, ripe and fruity wine with hints of cedar. High in alcohol but not overpowering. A well balanced wine with a long finish. I thought this was Cab Franc vice Cab Sav? Read More

    Wine review by ktquilt


  • Charmoise Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by shot2pieces


  • St. Nicholas de Bourgeuil Graviers Domaine de Mortier 2007

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    Medium bodied with a nice light flavor and acidic prickliness. On its own nothing special but with a spicy steak burrito it was the perfect pairing. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Remy Pannier Vouvray France Loire Vouvray Table Wine 2006

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    The moment you put the wine in your mouth, it jumps off your tongue in way that almost tickles. The wine brings a crisp feel to your mouth and has a nice apple taste that is followed by the sweetness of honey and a touch of grass. A second taste yields the pear flavor that is touted on the bottles label, and the general citrusy smell develops ... Read More

    Wine review by Alleigh


  • Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Demi-Sec les Girardières 2007

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    At first whiff, a basket of ripe pears and apples. It has a lush and creamy mouth feel with flavors of apples, pears, and honey. The flavors linger on the palate and gave me this vague recollection of cream soda on the finish (slightly sweet with strong acidity). Read More

    Wine review by ftezen


  • Francois Cazin Cour-Cheverny le Petit Chambord White 2006

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    2.2006 Francois Cazin Le Petit Chambord Cheverny - Loire Color: more yellow, less pale, Taste: very sweet, pear, Megan: Maybe some tropical fruitsits got a really long finish (I agree), Sidenote: Importer is Louis/Dressner a la The Battle for Wine and Love or How I Saved the World from Parkerization, tres cool.Lamarr: A- Read More

    Wine review by lamarr


  • O. Raffault Chinon "Les Picasses" 2002

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    Interesting - very dry Italian like (almost) - good nose at first - great taste at first but then... a bit dry and the fruit disappeared - not bad though at all - very good for the price - interesting wine - very earthy and lots of minerals - needs some time - we have another bottle and will more than likely like it better in time - Read More

    Wine review by deconut


  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon 2006

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    Wine review by dobsohn


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