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Francois Cazin in his cellar
Cheverny is lovely appellation that has some of the most quaffable, yet complex wines in all of the Loire Valley. Always a great value, this appellation has Clos de Tue Boeuf and Francois Cazin as its superstars plus numerous others on the cutting edge.

The white wines are made from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, sometimes with a little bit of Chenin Blanc. with a large proportion of the blend being Sauvignon Blanc.

Reds are mainly from the Gamay variety but it has been known to blend in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinea d'Aunis.

The appellation only got AOC status in 1993 when it was elevated from VDQS and most importantly, all the wines have to be blends or they get knocked back down to VDP. This is not a problem as the blends usually work well and are always at the least interesting and at the most can change your attitude on what a fresh, juicy red wine should taste like.

It is located in a northeastern corner of Touraine and shares many similarities in grapes allowed and also terroir footprint. The appellation is 450 ha and there is also a mini-appellation in Cheverny called Cour-Cheverny, which is exclusively used for the esoteric white grape, Romorantin. 

The whites have a crisp style, though some can be rounded due to the obligatory use of Chardonnay. Typically they have high acidity, lovely citrus fruit and great textures. They are stunning values and can run from $11-$21 a bottle. Francois Cazin's white Cheverny is the benchmark of the appellation as is always a stunning wine at any price point. Imbibers are very happy the price has remained low for such a fabulous wine. Thierry Puzelat of the Domaine Clos de Tue-Bouef also makes noteworthy whites but can vary in consistency due to the "natural" no holds barred style. 

The reds are juicy, lively and always have lovely soil tones with crunchy red fruit flavors. They also can be great values and Clos de Tue-Bouef is the quality leader in the appellation even with their no holds barred natural style. 

Notable Recent Vintages: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1996

Top producers (in no particular order) include:
  • Clos de Tue-Bouef (Thierry Puzelat)
  • Francois Cazin (Le Petit Chambord)
  • Domaine des Huards (MIchel Gendrier)
  • Thierry Puzelat
  • Phillippe Tessier
  • Pascal Bellier
  • Domaine du Moulin
  • Domaine du Salvard
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