Touraine Chenonceaux 2017 Francois Cartier

A premier league Loire Sauvignon Blanc-old vines, unrelenting focus on quality-a wine of some complexity and subtle lingering refinement....perfect with some young goats cheese.

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Established for 5 generations, Domaine François Cartier cultivates over 25 hectares of vines. The vines are predominantly Sauvignon Blanc with the remainder Chardonnay, Pineau d'Aunis, Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Côt (Malbec). Traditional winemaking techniques combine with modern equipment to produce fantastic examples of the region's wines.

Touraine-Chenonceaux wines, grown on the best plots along the sunny ridges above the river Cher, are a rare treat and especially good with food. Created in 2011 as an elite Touraine, there are now some 46 producers creating these wines.

Soil: Touraine Chenonceaux has, as main soil types: clay with flints, with or without a covering of sand, and alkaline clay from the Tuffeau limestone rdges. Vineyards are selected to ensure good ripening. The yields are limited to 60 hectoliters per hectare for white wines and 55 hectoliters per hectare for red wines to increase concentration.

Climate: A maritime/oceanic climate. Vineyards planted on slopes running east-west benefit from ample sunshine