The area covered by the Touraine appellation stretches from the outer limits of the Anjou region to the gateways of the Sologne, in an area of confluence formed by the Loire river and its tributaries. It extends across 104 communes in the Indre-et-Loire department and 42 in the Loir-et-Cher. The main part of the vineyard is found to the south-east of Tours, on the hillsides overlooking the Cher and between the Cher and the Loire.
The red wines are made from Gamay (more than 60% of the harvest), Cabernet Franc, Côt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d’Aunis, Pinot Noir. The white wines are made from Sauvignon (almost 80%), Chenin Blanc and secondarily Chardonnay.
Sauvignon wines are aromatic and very lively wines that call to mind broom, honeysuckle and exotic fruits. The Chenin Blanc grape is mainly intended for sparkling wines, in which it expresses delicate scents of brioche, green apple and honey.
The Gamay grape, often used in varietal wines, gives light, straightforward wines with characteristic red fruit aromas. Blended wines combine this young fresh aspect with the structure offered by other grape varieties.
Classical blends give fresh and delicate wines; the Pineau d’Aunis gives a spirited rosé with a uniquely spicy overtone.
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