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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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Cave Des Producteurs de Vouvray

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

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

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

  • Domaine du Viking

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

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse

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

  • Château de Vaugaudry

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

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

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

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  • Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvée Silex 2007


    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


    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

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 2002


    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

  • Charles Joguet Chinon les Petites Roches France Loire Touraine Chinon 2005


    A really fine Chinon with darker fruit than may be typical. Almost curranty fruit marries with tobacco, ancho chili, crushed violets, and potting soil in a plush styled wine with good acidity and supporting tannins that gives this a wonderful mouthfeel. The finish continues the theme with a bit more pronounced acidity refreshing the palate and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon 2005


    Lovely pure fruit laid over a bed of gritty minerality yields a wine that is perfectly at home with rustic fair. Lovely suggestions of tobacco, moist earth and just a minor edge of green veggie notes. This is really very bright and eminently drinkable, best paired with something that can buffer the fine acidity here. This would also work well wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Gasnier Chinon les Graves 2007


    Sucks Read More

    Wine review by om00ba

  • Domaine Gouron Chinon Terroirs 2005


    The actual bottle I tried was "Terroir", Gouron's reserve bottling. Dark purple wine come from 50 year old vines has nose of black fruits and black olive with well balanced oak and acidity. Since it's a bit tannic, I wonder if it'll hit its best in a couple of years,, Read More

    Wine review by wineluv

  • Noël Bougrier Vouvray 2007


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    Wine review by rreichert

  • Remy Pannier Vouvray France Loire Vouvray Table Wine 2006


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    Wine review by Alleigh

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