Chenin Blanc

Common synonyms: Pineau de la Loire, Chenere, Pinot Blanco (South America), Steen (South Africa), Fransdurif (Dutch)

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to the Loire Valley, France, perhaps related to Pineau d’Aunis (Chenin Noir)
 
History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since the 9th century. Its origins are believed to be in Anjou, then it made its way to Tauraine (planted by Lord Chenonceaux, perhaps hence its name), and other parts of the Loire by the 15th century, and then into the Rhone. In the mid 1650s, Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company brought vines to the Cape colony of South Africa. It was given the local name “Steen” after a history of mislabeling that plays out like a game of Telephone gone wrong: “Listan” which morphed into “La Stan” and then “De Steen.” Listan is Dutch name for a grape, yes, but the Palomino of Spain. What they in fact had Read more »

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Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

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  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Brut Cuvee T 2012

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    Amazing wine. Not two sweet with little acidity. Excellent with shell fish. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... ... ... off with an excellent Chenin Blanc. Tart and crisp but with a nice bit of creaminess and good acidity, fermented in a concrete "egg".  This was followed by a decent grenache and a really nice Dry Creek zin. The offering kind of hit home - 2014 Ancient Vines, Bedroc... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • When you spend more than two weeks in a place you soak in a lot about it. Taste ... producing reference quality Chenin Blanc and Viognier to name but two. In Marlborough Astrolabe’s Simon Waghorn is impressing with Pinot Gris, Albariño, and more. Central Otago is certainly best known for Pinot Noir but they also have folks like Duncan Forsyth a... Read More

    From the article Aromatic Whites are New Zealand's Secret Star


  • I have had  sweet or off-dry chenin blanc from the Loire valley with spicy Indian foods. It is a combination that works well Read More

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  • Meerestein Swartland South Africa Chenin Blanc 2016

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    very wonderful homey, ancient, placate able & tender to the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • It was a crazy afternoon, with quite a few people in and out of the two ... ... some stray bottles of Loire chenin blanc and SB (and Chinon red) around the place, and some riesling from both Alsace and the Mosel. All good wines but the Batard garnered the most comments before the La Chapelle appeared. General level of revelry was pretty high, ... Read More

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... a mix somewhere between a chenin blanc, viognier and chardonnay. It has texture, floral notes, complexity, honeysuckle, citrus and a great minerality. I first discovered Godello on a #olewinos press trip to Bierzo and I have yet to find a bottle that doesn’t kee... Read More

    From the article These New Wave Wine Grapes Are Really Catching On


  • Terra d'Oro Chenin Blanc Viognier 2015

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    Quite aromatic with white grape, soft melon and floral blossom aromas. Has a ... a ... creamy texture of the Chenin Blanc, showing good peach, melon and lemon notes through the midpalate, a zesty acidity and focused tart grapefruit and wild flowers on the finis Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mullineux White Blend 2014

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    Lightly oaked and lightly floral aromas of white blossom, white peach, green apple and lemon. With a touch of sweet fruit on the approach, this settles into an oaky, herbal and citrus noted blend of lemon, tangerine, honeyed melon and green apple with a wooded finish and tart acidity throughout.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • My favorite Chenin Blanc is FMC from Ken Forrester.

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  • You will not believe your luck- if you get the chance to taste Springfontein Jil's dune chenin blanc-It satisfies at all levels -enough said-try it! Oh yes, it is from Cape Province, SouthAfrica.

    Comment by 86215dickjan 86215 dickjan


  • Chenin Blanc 2000 from Arciero, has a blosomy yet worse. Vomit Blasting Effect on my mature palet! Yuccckkk!!!

    Comment by 598477pavement 598477 pavement


  • Is arciero winery still producing chennnnin blanc with the archer on the lable

    Comment by 442369anbhansen 442369 anbhansen


  • Recently introduced to Simonsig Chenin Blanc, really taken with it. So much so, that I have shared with friends. And, have friends who visited the winery. So fun!

    Comment by 258665photojoy 258665 photojoy


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