Château du Petit Thouars – Reserve Touraine

Petit Thouars Reserve2009

Tasting note

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.

Grapes
Cabernet Franc

Flavour
Delicate  Intense

Sweetness
Dry Sweet

Body
Light Robust

Tannin
None Intense

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.

Winemaking

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.