Cabernet Franc in Tuffeau
by Anthony Lynch
The Loire’s charm lies in its wide variety of wine styles born from the interplay of diverse grapes, soils, and mesoclimates. But the region’s grandest feat is arguably the noble Cabernet Franc of Touraine from the area’s famous tuffeau sites. This chalky limestone is responsible for chiseled wines of great breed, finesse, and cellaring potential. The examples that follow are produced from old vines deeply entrenched in this creamy, sponge-like rock, delivering strikingly pure, chalky tannins that stimulate and refresh at every sip.