Touraine > Touraine Mesland
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.
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.
Planting density: 6,600 vines per hectare. Pruning: Generally single guyot.
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.
Charcuterie, grilled fish and grilled white meat. Reds pair well with meat served in sauce or with game.
These wines age well; full bodied reds increase in depth and character after 3-5 years.