French Wine Appellations: Tavel to Tursan

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Tavel
Tavel AOC wines come from the southern sector of the Rhône Valley of southeastern France. This is the most famous French dry rosé wine, but not necessarily the best. It is made from wide variety of international and local grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 3 years.

Tavel French Wine

Tavel French Wine

Touraine
Touraine AOC wines come from the area near Tours in the center of the Loire Valley in central France. It's an umbrella designation with many associated designations. The reds are dry, light- to medium-bodied wines. They are made from a variety of international and local grapes and may be cellared for up to 3 years. Go for the Gamays. The whites are very dry to dry, medium-bodied wines. They are made from a variety of international and local grapes and may be cellared for 1 to 2 years. Go for the Sauvignon Blancs. The rosés are dry, light- to medium-bodied wines. They are made from a variety of international and local grapes and may be cellared for for 1 to 2 years. Go for the Pineau d'Aunis.



Touraine Amboise
Touraine Amboise AOC wines come from villages near Amboise east of Tours in the center of the Loire Valley in central France. The reds are dry, light-bodied wines made from Gamay and several international grapes and may be cellared for 2 to 3 years. Go for the Malbec blends. The whites are very dry to dry wines made from Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. They should be consumed at purchase. The rosés are dry, light-bodied wines made from at least 80% Gamay, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. These are usually the best of the appellation and should be consumed within a year of purchase.

Touraine Azay-le-Rideau
Touraine Azay-le-Rideau AOC wines come from villages near the Indre west of Tours in the center of the Loire Valley in central France. These delicate whites are usually dry but may be semi-sweet. They are made from Chenin Blanc. The refreshing, very dry rosés are made from at least 60% Grolleau (a local red) plus a variety of international red grapes. Both the whites and the rosés may be cellared for 1 to 2 years.

Touraine Mesland
Touraine Mesland AOC wines come from villages east of Tours in the center of the Loire Valley in central France. The best of the lot are the red, which are dry, medium- to full-bodied. They are made from a minimum of 60% Gamay plus Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The whites are dry and light-bodied but often excessively acidic. They are made with a minimum of 60% Chenin Blanc along with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The dry, medium-bodied rosés are are made from a minimum of 80% Gamay plus Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Cellar reds and rosés for 1 to 3 years, cellar the whites for 1 to 2 years.

Touraine Mousseux
Touraine Mousseux AOC wines are sparkling whites and rosés from the Touraine area in the center of the Loire Valley in central France. The sparkling reds come from a small area in the western part of Touraine. These light- to medium-bodied sparklers are all made in the traditional method and tend to be quite good. The fruity, dry reds are made from Cabernet Franc and should be consumed at purchase. The whites are dry or sweet. They are made from mostly Chenin Blanc with a varity of red and white international and local grapes. Consume them at purchase. The rosés may be dry or swee and and made from Chenin Blanc and a variety of red grapes. They may be cellared for 1 to 2 years.

Touraine Noble-Joué
Touraine Noble-Joué AOC wines are rosés from five villages south of Tours in the center of the Loire Valley in central France. This recent appellation was created to resurrect a local vin gris that was well-known more than a century ago. It is made from Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. and should be consumed at purchase.

Touraine Pétillant
Touraine Pétillant AOC wines are frizzy wines made from the same grapes as their sparkling cousins. The reds are medium-dry and light-bodied. The whites and rosés are light-bodied and dry or sweet. They all should be consumed at purchase.

Tursan
Tursan AOC wines come from the southwestern France wine region. They were promoted to AOC status in 2011. The reds vary from aromatic to rich depending on the grapes used. The main choices include Tannat (as in tannin) and Cabernet Franc, secondary choices inlcud Cabernet Sauvignon and the local Fer. Cellar them for 1 to 3 years. The whites are traditionally full-bodied but are becoming more aromatic. They are made from a wide variety of grapes and may be cellared for 2 to 5 years. The rosés are dry and fruity. They are made from the same grapes as the reds (required percentages differ) and may be cellared for 1 to 3 years.

      
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