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Touraine Mesland

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Vineyards

Location: The Touraine-Mesland appellation area lies on the right-hand bank of the Loire, just downstream from Blois and opposite Château de Chaumont with its internationally-acclaimed gardens, parkland and landscape management areas. It includes 6 communes in the Loir-et-Cher département.

Vineyard Area: 90 ha.

Soil: Flint-rich soils and siliceous sand are ideal for reds, while whites grow in siliceous clay over tuffeau.

Climate: The influence of the Loire moderates the continental climate in this small area, making it semi-oceanic.

 

 

Wines

Average annual production over the last 5 years: 3,100 hl.

White: 400 hl,

Red: 2,100 hl,

Rosé: 600 hl.

Varietals: A blend of Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Côt for reds and rosés; Chenin (may be blended with Sauvignon) and Chardonnay for whites.

Growing practices: 

Planting density: 6,600 vines per hectare. Pruning: Generally single guyot.

 

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep ruby red for the reds; whites are a clear straw yellow.

Nose: Reds show subtle aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant; whites are floral, developing notes of lime blossom with a touch of minerality.

Palate: Fine tannins for the reds, silky smoothness for the whites, and excellent freshness for the rosés.

Serve rosés and whites at 10°C and reds at 14°-16°, depending on age and structure.

 

Food/Wine pairings:

Charcuterie, grilled fish and grilled white meat. Reds pair well with meat served in sauce or with game.

 

Aging Potential

These wines age well; full bodied reds increase in depth and character after 3-5 years.

 

 
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