The 2020 Concours Mondial du Sauvignon will take place in Touraine, in France’s Loire Valley.
The 11thConcours Mondial du Sauvignon will take place from March 5 to 7, 2020 in the Touraine appellation area, located in the heart of the Loire Valley. With average annual production of 220,000 hectolitres, the Touraine appellation is one of the largest in the Loire Valley. Its vineyards stretch over more than 5,000 hectares, on either side of the Cher and the Loire.
AOC Touraine embraces five geographical designations, each of which adds character to the wines and highlights the specificities of the different vineyard sites:Touraine-Amboise, Touraine Azay-le-Rideau, Touraine-Chenonceaux, Touraine- Mesland and Touraine-Oisly.
Sauvignon blanc, the king of Touraine grape varieties
Sauvignon blanc accounts for nearly half of the AOC Touraine wine region. Touraine Sauvignon is considered to be among the world’s finest and every year garners countless accolades. White Touraine wines are extremely popular with Sauvignon enthusiasts due to the quality of winemaking, which has constantly improved over the years.
A wine region along the river banks
The terraces along the banks of the rivers Loire and Vienne are comprised of sand and pea gravel washed down by the water and deposited over time. Together, they shape the soils of Touraine and impart freshness, fruitiness and sometimes softness to the white wines, and fruit, structure and compelling characters to the reds.
With 17 appellations, 5 designations and 1 PGI, Touraine is constantly evolving. Its 1,600 or so winegrowers belong to 11 co-operative wineries and produce the equivalent of 132 million bottles every year. The vineyards of Touraine are located at the point where Atlantic and continental weather patterns meet.
The Touraine appellation area is home to an Atlantic climate whose influence fades the farther East you go, as far as the Tours meridian, as attested by the area’s higher diurnal temperature variation. Annual rainfall of approximately 550 mm in the West can reach 650 mm in the East.
As it covers an extensive area, the Touraine appellation boasts a range of soil types promoting a wide array of vineyard sites, which allows it to produce wines with very specific tones:
- “Bournais perrucheux”: soils derived from flinty clay interspersed with Miocene sand
- “Perruches”: soils on flinty clay.
- “Aubuis”: stony, clay-limestone soils derived from limestone. These are warm, permeable soils covering the lower slopes or valley hillsides.
- Gravel: valley floor soils covering ancient alluvium terraces