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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  • Cote Mas Brut Cremant de Limoux NV

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    Heady toast and honeyed biscuit aromas with baked apple and pear notes. Crisp and refreshing palate of green apple and golden berries, this is nicely tart on the mid palate with some grapefruit flavor and a burst of acidity which sustains through to the lemon meringue and pineapple finish with a touch of crumb cake. Fresh and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Lisse Soie d'Ivoire Chenin Blanc Igp Haute Vallee de l'Aude 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • I tasted through a selection of Chenin Blanc for #CheninBlancDay last June. Right off the bat I knew we had to bring these wines to the Snooth audience.  I was hoping to do it in the winter months for one very good reason: South African Chenin Blanc retains startlingly robust fruits (more than enough to stand up to warming winter dishes), while ... Read More

    From the article South African Chenin is the Ideal Winter White


  • With Christmas lunch now on the radar, Snoothers who enjoy cooking are already ... either Chardonnay, Arbois or Chenin Blanc.By the way, Cheverny’s red and rose wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Gamay blended with a minimum of 15% Cabernet Franc or Malbec (known as Cot in the Loire).For my anorak followers, Cheverny covers 24 communes and... Read More

    From the article There's something new in French Sauvignon Blanc...


  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's ... ... blanc de blancs, Loire chenin blanc, various from the Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill served from spigots to fill empty gallon jugs back home in Italy. Though this particular grape is kinda suited to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dollar Tree in Orangevale, CA...


  • Italian Wines, for $1 each?Yes. I found them, and they're quite nice! Well, I have to admit that for about a year now, my favorite type of wine is Pinot Grigio. But I have to say, the Soave Classico is what I'm sipping now and it is very SMOOTH. Unbelievable for a buck. This is the Orangevale, California Dollar Tree and they also have a Moscato,... Read More

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  • Emark is right - it's a great source of decently-priced varieties. It's ... ... does it right IMHO. Also Chenin Blanc and it's a great source of sweet wines as well. But the reds are an acquired taste if you're not used to Gamay, Malbec, and Cab Franc that's lean and acidi Read More

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  • Today's deliveries:Patine--I ordered Patine three years ago.  Maybe 6 ... Dirty & Rowdy 2 X Chenin Blanc and 2 X Mourvdre.   Interesting that for those who are alcohal averse, these all have fairly low ABVs. The D & R delivery really surprised me, today.  I was expecting Carlisle, but nope.  We'll see if it rolls up, tomorro Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... ... -- Viognier, Albarino, Chenin Blanc and Roussanne among them. And for the beer aficionado Paso Robles is home to the famed Firestone Walker Brewing Company, as well as a new crop of distillers that make their very own gin.Amy Corron PowerAnother Wine BlogPen... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • Apples, gourds, and snifters of port are right around the corner. Let’s ... ... Chardonnay, and Chenin Blanc that comes in a 500ml tallboy can, which is equivalent to over three glasses of wine. It has a refreshing and dry fresh strawberry, watermelon and peach character with hints of guava and mint leaf. It’s a great example of the canned wi... Read More

    From the article The Last Wines of Summer


  • 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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