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Touraine Azay-le Rideau
The balance of production in this region is split primarily between lively rosés of Grolleau and bright, Chenin Blanc-based white wines.
Location: This appellation stretches over eight communes on the banks of the Indre and the Loire, close to where the rivers meet.
- Approximately 60 hectares / 148 acres
Soil: Flinty clay, clay limestone and Aeolian sand mixed with clay.
Climate: Mild, which, in some years, favors the production of sweet wines.
- 1,800 hl / 47,551 gallons, 60% rosé
- 55 hl/ha
- White: Chenin Blanc
- Rosé: Produced with minimum 60% Grolleau, alone or blended with Gamay, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
Growing/Production Practices: Density 6,600 vines/hectare with single or fanned Guyot pruning.
- Appearance: Bright, pale straw yellow
- Nose: Pronounced minerality, quince and apricot
- Flavors: Dry and medium-to-full bodied with fruit flavors as on nose
- Appearance: Pale salmon pink
- Nose: Notes of rose, lilac, pear, cherry and almond
- Flavors: Fresh and fruity with light body and lively acidity.
- Fried oysters with spicy rémoulade
- Smoked tilapia
- Roasted eggplant with saffron yogurt