Touraine Wine

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

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    “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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  • Domaine du Viking Vouvray 2002

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    Wine review by athensgator


  • Barton & Guestier Vouvray 2006

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    Very easy to drink, not too dry or too sweet Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Chinon Rouge de Coulaine 2005

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    Wine review by StellaBlue76


  • Clos de Nouys Vouvray Demi-Sec 2007

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    Wine review by jmf


  • Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 1990

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    Wine review by haonusa


  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996

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    Rich sweet earth on the nose, its mica flecked yet with a jammy, almost figgy sweetness. Fresh and rich with floral top notes and mild insinuations of tomato leaf and dried green pepper and shoe leather and mentholThe mouthfeel is wonderfully fresh and crisp with gently austere tannins and superb acids supporting moderate cranberry and sour red ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996

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    Smooth and soft tannins, with strong cedar and cherry delight the palate in this dry and delicate wine. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996

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    Licorice on the nose, enthanolic. Acidic, lean and musty. Lots of earthiness comes through. Some glycerol as well - it feels very viscous, and has an acetone edge. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1996

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    Despite the age on this wine it still has a lot of green, vegetal flavors and a good bit of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Huët Vouvray Moëlleux le Mont 1997

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    This has beautifully purity on the nose with beautiful spiced apricot notes, waxy fruits, and grace notes of peach tea and vanilla custard. Deep and perfumed. In the mouth the tremendous acidity keeps this very lively and allows the mineral notes to cut and contrast the honey dipped apricot fruits. Superb balance and quite long this is just a b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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