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Touraine Rosé, Domaine des Echardières 2021

Rose Wine from France - Loire
5.000000000 star rating 1 Reviews
A refreshing blend typical of the Cher valley, based on cabernet franc, with 30% malbec - known locally as côt - for structure and fragrance, with 20% gamay to fill out the mid palate.
Price: £9.50 Bottle
Price: £114.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: LO17141

Wine characteristics

  • Rose Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Cabernet Franc
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2023
  • 12% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, agglomerate

Domaine des Echardières

The 16 hectares of the Domaine des Echardières lie on the left bank of the river Cher quite close to the famous renaissance château of Chenonceaux. Owner Luc Poullain bought the domaine as a going concern in 2000, when he was 30 years old and not long after returning from studying agricultural engineering in England and taking on a career selling chemicals to wine growers. He is now the president of the recently created Touraine Chenonceaux appellation for red and white wines.

Indeed his vineyards are split almost evenly between cabernet franc gamay, and malbec (here called côt) for the reds and sauvignon blanc for the whites, and he makes wines under the new appellation as well as the wider Touraine AC. The soils are varied but with the common theme of limestone with some flint running throughout, on well-oriented slopes. The sauvignon is grown exclusively on flinty, chalky clays, giving the resultant wines an extra aromatic dimension and minerality.

The sites for reds need to be in excellent spots in order that the malbec consistently reaches proper maturity and the valley of the Cher, with a slightly warmer microclimate than some parts of Touraine, provides such conditions with the desired regularity.

Luc’s philosophy is one of sustainability, working happily within the environmentally friendly guidelines of the Terravitis movement, and employing a nicely poised balance between traditional methods and modern practices such as thermo-regulated stainless-steel vats.

Olive

From Touraine in the Loire valley, a blend of cabernet franc, malbec (locally known as cot) and gamay grapes. Prettily perfumed but crisp and elegant …

Kate Hawkings

The Times

Touraine rosé is starting to make waves here and deservedly so, as its redcurranty cabernet franc-led wines make the perfect tangy summer swig. Echardières’ canny blend is fleshed out with malbec and...
Touraine rosé is starting to make waves here and deservedly so, as its redcurranty cabernet franc-led wines make the perfect tangy summer swig. Echardières’ canny blend is fleshed out with malbec and gamay, and delivers oodles of raspberry and rhubarb fruit. Try it!
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Jane MacQuitty

The Times

Touraine rosé is starting to make waves here and deservedly so, as its redcurranty cabernet franc-led wines make the perfect tangy summer swig. Echardières’ canny blend is fleshed out with malbec and...
Touraine rosé is starting to make waves here and deservedly so, as its redcurranty cabernet franc-led wines make the perfect tangy summer swig. Echardières’ canny blend is fleshed out with malbec and gamay, and delivers oodles of raspberry and rhubarb fruit. Try it!
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Jane MacQuitty

South Wales Echo

[This] has plenty going on from the blend of cabernet franc, with 30% malbec and 20% gamay. Bright, crisp and refreshing with a little tannic structure from the malbec adding body through the mid palate...
[This] has plenty going on from the blend of cabernet franc, with 30% malbec and 20% gamay. Bright, crisp and refreshing with a little tannic structure from the malbec adding body through the mid palate in this bone dry foodie rose.
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Neil Cammies

Manchester Evening News

Another cracker from The Society and the Touraine, from the Premier Cote between Angé and Pouillé in the Cher valley. Cabernet franc is harnessed with 30% malbec and 20% gamay adding a little more weight...
Another cracker from The Society and the Touraine, from the Premier Cote between Angé and Pouillé in the Cher valley. Cabernet franc is harnessed with 30% malbec and 20% gamay adding a little more weight and sweetness.
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Andy Cronshaw

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