Château du Petit Thouars – Reserve Touraine
Garnet colour with hints of purple, this wine has a distinct nose combining ripe red fruits and raspberry liquor aromas. Solid structure and round in the mouth with spicy peppercorn notes and silky tannins to finish off.
At a glance
Sometimes known as Bouchet in Bordeaux or as Breton in the Loire, Cabernet Franc is particularly well suited to cool, inland climates such as the middle Loire from whence this charmer hails. Made from the finest plots and matured for 12-15 months in used oak, the 2009 vintage received a Commendation at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.
How to drink it
Serve this at a cool room temperature (65°C). Can be cellared or drunk young as long as it has been decanted to allow it to open up. Goes beautifully with roasted chicken, lamb, pork and filet mignon, as well as goat cheese and red fruit desserts.
This estate maintains the utmost respect for the environment. Any vineyard treatments are kept to an absolute minimum and done only when necessary. Made from the finest plots and matured for 12-15 months in used oak.
The story behind the wine
From the American Revolution to Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign to the blue waters of Tahiti, the Petit Thouars family has a long history of adventure and accomplishment. The current generation has revived yet another family tradition by restoring the estate’s vineyards. Over 15 hectares produce complex reds and refreshing sparkling wines, and new vines will soon be producing fine whites as well.
The region – Loire Valley, Chinon Appellation
Stretching east to west across a wider geographic span than any other wine region in France, the wines of the Loire are so diverse that generalizations are impossible. This wine hails from the Chinon region near Tours in the middle Loire. Known more for its light to medium bodied, refreshing reds, the region also produces various styles of white wine from Chenin Blanc.