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François Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon 2015

I wasn’t entirely convinced by this sauvignon blanc from François Chidaine in Touraine. It opens to a typically sauvignon blanc tropical aroma, but overlaid with a green streak. The palate is medium bodied with a bitter edge.  Neither Sancerre, nor NZ in styling, it presented as an amalgam of the two.  Rating: Acceptable to Good.…Continue readingFrançois Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon 2015

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Le Rocher des Violettes Cabernet Franc 2014

I see few Touraines locally, but it’s the most important of the Loire wine regions and is a catch all appellation, taking in Bourgueil, Chinona and Vouvray among others.  This one’s a cabernet franc from Le Rocher des Violettes.  It’s an honourable effort, with a lighter bodied note and tobacco and raspberry overtones.  (Region: Touraine,…Continue readingLe Rocher des Violettes Cabernet Franc 2014

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Villebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2014

This is a fresh and light sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and the appellation of Touraine.  Touraine is the most important of the Loire Valley wine regions, and the appellation labelled as such covers some 3,600 hectares under vine and a large variety of soils.  White Touraine is most important here, and must be…Continue readingVillebois Sauvignon Blanc Val de Loire 2014

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A natural wine dinner, naturally

I attended earlier this week a natural wines dinner hosted by well known Australian wine writer Max Allen at the genial Montague Hotel in South Melbourne.  The food and wines were good, and so worth mentioning, as well as the underlying premise of the evening – a practical debate on the merits of natural wines…Continue readingA natural wine dinner, naturally