Red Wine – Touraine Mesland AOP Domaine de Lusqueneau 75cl
- Characteristic varieties: At 60%, Lusqueneau estate’s reds represent the largest part of its production. They are the result of a combination of three varieties: Gamay Noir with white juice, Cabernet Franc and Côt, which, with their different properties, yield red wines that are either light and fruity in their youth, or strong and tannic and well-suited to ageing.
- The terroir: The appellation zone (350 hectares of vineyards over six municipalities) extends over the right bank of the Loire. Because of its location, this area benefits from an ocean climate. The annual production is around 8,000 hl red and rosés and 2,000 hl whites. The property’s vines cover slopes rich in clay and flint which are called “perruches” in Touraine. With the nature of its soils, the vineyard benefits from natural drainage as well as an excellent south/southwestern exposure under a temperate sky.
- The estate: Between Blois and Amboise, on the rolling hillsides of Mesland, facing the Château de Chaumont sur Loire – now famous for the international garden festival – we find the Domaine de Lusqueneau, one of the largest operations of the Touraine Mesland appellation with 32 hectares.
- The people: Since 1998, two associates, Thierry Catroux and Noël Bougrier, have been providing innovative expertise, technical resources and communications to the estate.
- The wine: With a very bright ruby-red robe, the Touraine Mesland Rouge du Domaine de Lusqueneau offers subtle aromas of raspberry and blackberry. This wine is both rich and fruity.
- Food pairing : Pleasant with any part of a meal, Touraine Mesland Rouge from Domaine de Lusqueneau pairs perfectly with white and pink meats as well as the traditional “rillons” and goat’s cheeses of Touraine. Serving temperature between 14 and 16°C. Excellent aptitude for conserving; the structured reds gain body after three to five years.