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Clos de la Briderie Touraine-Mesland Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2007

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    A blend of 40% Malbec, 30% Gamay, 30% Cab Franc.

    This wonderful biodynamic wine comes from a variety of clayey limestone and flint. the vines are 20 to 40 years old. The wine displays a delighful elegance and minerality on the palate with red fruits and a balanced acidity. The suppleness of the fruit will pair nicely with fare from salads to roast birds and mushrooms.

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    Clos de la Briderie

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    Touraine

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    Stretching east along the steep banks of the Loire River, Touraine is a major part of the Middle Loire. Soil variations of clay, sand, tuffeau and gravel throughout its subregions support both white and red varieties. Chinon and Bourgueil remain the source of Loire’s finest Cabernet Franc; various styles of the most outstanding Chenin blanc come from Vouvray and Montlouis.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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