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Touraine Azay-le Rideau

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The balance of production in this region is split primarily between lively rosés of Grolleau and bright, Chenin Blanc-based white wines.

 

Vineyard

Location: This appellation stretches over eight communes on the banks of the Indre and the Loire, close to where the rivers meet.

Surface Area:

  • 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.

 

Wine

Annual Production:

  • 1,800 hl / 47,551 gallons, 60% rosé

Yield:

  • 55 hl/ha

Grape Varieties:

  • 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.

 

Tasting Notes

White

  • Appearance: Bright, pale straw yellow
  • Nose: Pronounced minerality, quince and apricot
  • Flavors: Dry and medium-to-full bodied with fruit flavors as on nose

Rosé

  • Appearance: Pale salmon pink
  • Nose: Notes of rose, lilac, pear, cherry and almond
  • Flavors: Fresh and fruity with light body and lively acidity.

 

Food Pairings

  • Fried oysters with spicy rémoulade
  • Smoked tilapia
  • Roasted eggplant with saffron yogurt
 
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