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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...

  • 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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Subregions of Touraine

  • Chinon

    Chinon Chinon is the most important red-wine appellation in the Touraine part of the Loire...

  • Vouvray

    Vouvray Vouvray is a large, varied appellation in the Touraine region of the Loire Vall...

  • Bourgueil

  • Cheverny

    Cheverny is an appellation created in 1993 [ although viticulture here goes back centuries ]  f...

  • Cour-cheverny

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  • 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


  • Bernard Baudry Rose Chinon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013

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    A hint of mint or tarragon greets the nose followed by dusty mineral notes, a touch of green tomato and some sweet apricot undertones. Lean and focused, this is rather austere style of Sauvignon Blanc with fine acids supporting a veil of green tomato and lime flavors. the texture here is attractively fresh and light, though the flavors are clea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Vouvray "Tuffeau " Thierry 2009

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    15.96 --> 9.96 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • J.m. Raffault Chinon Rose 2013

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    Spicy and herbal on the nose with suggestions of mint, sweet tomato and ginseng framing faint, earthy red fruit. Bright on the palate, this has nice body and a hint of sugar but remains acid driven with light and lively flavors of red currant and strawberry fruit. A bit simple in the mouth, I do like the zesty character here and the rather elega... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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