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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...

  • Sauvignon

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • J.m. Raffault Chinon Rose 2013


    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

  • J.m. Raffault Chinon Rose 2013


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    Wine review by mark

  • It was indeed a great trip although I did get rained on a couple of timesI have ... have ... Frere Jean,' Touraine Rouge from Maison Natale de Rabelais 2009Clos de la Deviniere  Touraine Blanc from Maison Natale de Rabelais 2010Chateau Moncontour 'La Belle Angerie' Vielles Vignes Vouvray Demi-Sec 2010In the Calais supermarket I bought three bo... Read More

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  • I have just returned from my long weekend motorcycle trip to ... Chinon ... Chinon plus a Vouvray and a Touraine.I also stopped off at the big supermarket in Calais and got three bottles of Sauternes and some cheese.I had the cheese for my supper last nig Read More

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  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon Domaine Rene Couly 2011


    The 2011 Les Chanteaux Chinon white is a very nice example of Chenin blanc that has a bit of maturity. The color, aroma, flavir and texture are rich, velvety and honeyed. No himts of oxidation, which arer so common in Chenin that is not fresh.Ansolutely delicious, satisfying wine, and a very fine example of dry Loire Chenin lanc. Read More

    Wine review by Dan

  • Domaine de la Bergeonniere 2012


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    Wine review by mark

  • Le Paradis Chinon 2012


    black cherry, licorice, vanilla....smooth full bodied red with a fairly dry finish... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010


    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing hints of menthol and cough drop. My better half and I both though the nose was a bit like a dolcetto. On the palate it was slightly less complex. Lots of plush, soft tannin and a delicate balance of flavors. The body was a defining characteristic of this wine - very mo... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • KLwines looks like a star in comparison to those options of yours, JD. ... ... ... questionable Saumur and Touraine these days--multiple cot and gamay options, but no CF--wtf?), and at one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.  ;-(Off further afield in the next day or two. Hopefully will find something reasonable, but it seems I'm like... Read More

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  • Chateau de Ligre Chinon Blanc 2010


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    Wine review by mark

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