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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  • 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


  • Kanu White Blend Kia-Ora Noble Late Harvest 2006

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    sweet, yet refreshing enough Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... grapes. ... Swartland 2014Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Viognier, SemillonLightly 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 no... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 2014

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    I love this unpretentious wine. Floral accents, stone fruits, a touch of sugar and a slight effervescence lead to a framed acidic finish. Well done year after year. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose

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    Nice easy drinking way to begin a lunch. A bit bracing with cherry, strawberry, and cotton candy. A bargain at the pricing of $15 Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County 2013

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    Lots of tropical and, maybe, citrus fruit on the nose. On the tongue Im getting papaya, kiwi and lemon. Very light bodied. Some nice stoniness. Sufficient acidity to give it refreshness, but it is certainly not tart. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Richard Bruno Clarksburg Chenin Blanc 2015

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    A Naked Wines selection from a while back. Clear lemon yellow in the glass. Opens with Mint/Lemon and a bit of yeast - almost a champagne smell; then goes to almost a sweet cotton candy scent. Tastes of dark mineral and lemon-lime kiwi. A nice bite with a fair amount acidity and then oddly, just a bit of oak. Quite nice. Don't recall what the pr... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Yippee. Beautiful in the glass, tiny bubbles, a hint of a nutty taste in the mouth with a dry finish. Best of the show in a small two bottle tasting. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Whenever I get together with friends and cook my wife and I always love to ... ... Brut NVThis uses Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Mauzac. The white Mauzac grape is the Limoux’s signature. Clean, light and honeyed with floral notes of blossom and hints of peach. Dry, spicy and full of sharp acidity and a pleasant dried fruit note coming... Read More

    From the article The Difference Between Value & Cheap Sparkling Wine


  • My favorite Chenin Blanc is FMC from Ken Forrester.

    Comment by 809697mjvieira 809697 mjvieira


  • 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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