Touraine > Touraine Mesland
In 1838, Touraine Mesland was the first area in the region to plant the Gamay grape. The AOC still embraces this juicy variety, often blending it with other classic Loire red grapes.
Location: This appellation, on the right bank of the Loire downstream from Blois, covers six communes in Loir-et-Cher and faces the Château de Chaumont and its international park, garden and landscape conservatory.
- 105 hectares / 259 acres
Soil: Rich in flint and silica sand suitable for red wines; some flinty clay and chalk soil for whites.
Climate: A semi-oceanic climate, thanks to the Loire, which tempers the continental climate in this small region.
- Approximately 5,000 hl / 132,086 gallons, 70% red, 15% white, 15% rosé
- 60 hl/ha whites
- 55 hl/ha red and rosés
- White: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
- Red and Rosé: Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
Growing/Production Practices: Density 6,600 vines/hectare and generally single Guyot pruning.
- Appearance: Bright, pale straw yellow
- Nose: Floral, developing distinct herbaceous and mineral notes
- Flavors: Refreshing and dry with fresh fruit, mineral notes and moderate acidity
- Appearance: Deep ruby red
- Nose: Subtle notes of black currant and raspberry
- Flavors: Medium bodied with brambly fruit and cherry flavors, and fine tannins.
- Appearance: Pale salmon pink
- Nose: Strawberry, herbaceous notes
- Flavors: Fresh and fruity with lively acidity.
- White: Fried scallops with saffron potatoes, risotto with shrimp and clams or a cheese soufflé
- Red: Roasted beef with smoky tomato sauce, roast pork loin
- Rosé : Grilled chicken with sumac, za’atar and lemon, spaghetti with black olives and anchovies