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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  • Dirty & Rowdy Mendocino County Chenin Blanc 2019


    Pale straw color. Fruity nose--melon more than anything else. On the tongue--melon (surprise), kiwi, some banana. Acid content gives a "clean" mouthfeel. Under the rear palate there is a strong hit if lemon/lime pulp. Quite refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Popped this lovely Chenin Blanc from Huet this evening.  Just a fantastic wine with loads of fresh apricot, honeysuckle, a hint of lime pith, mouth watering acidity and a finish that goes on and on.  I'd love to see how this ages as I'm sure it will only get more interesting with some time.  My 3rd bottle but definitely not my last, just a great... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Terre Brûlée le Blanc Swartland Wine of Origin 2018


    This wine is made by a well-know Loire producer and his South African wife from 40 + year old Chenin Blanc vines. The colour is typically mute yellow with a nose of subtropical flowers and spice; entry is gentle, but with greater intensity than examples of this variety from the Valle de Loire. Electric, delicious and worthy. Superb value! 91... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur Zero Extra Brut 2015


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Sandlands Lodi Chenin Blanc 2018


    Very pale yellow color. Somewhat of a tropical fruit nose. On the tongue, I get melon, kiwi and, maybe granny smith apple. Interestingly I do not get any acid tartness, but there is acid astringency around the edges of the tongue. Quite light-bodied. Good summer sipper. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Aimery Blanquette de Limoux Societe des Producteurs de Blanquette de Limoux 1986


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for ... is ... is made with chardonnay and chenin blanc.The name 'Blanquette'comes from the white down on the vine leaves of the mauzac grape,I started my bottle the other day with a plate of salmon and salad.There were lots of fine bubbles so it was certainly a sparkling wine ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  •  I recently had to have a fair amount of miscellaneous dental work done - ... Fournier rated very highly (Chenin Blanc); not cheap, but I have high expectations!Another gem was  a Mount Pleasant Semillon from the Hunter Valley (2009) which I have had many times from previous vintages, and is world renowned.  Obtained for a song.Finally, I foun... Read More

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  • Montlouis Vielles Vignes Domaine des Liards 1989


    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from the ... ... sparkling wines made3 of the chenin blanc grape,sometimes called 'pineau de Loire'in this area,from an area around the village of that name. This is located on the south bank of the Loire opposite Vouvray on the north bank.I started my bottle last night with my supper of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau du Fresne Coteaux du Layon Faye d'Anjou 1985


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for ... ... ... white wines made of the chenin blanc grape [called pineau de Loire in this area] from 27 communes to the south of the town of Angers along the river Layon,a tributary of the Loire. Faye d'Anjou is one of six of those communes allowed to add their name to that o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Viano Vineyards California Hillside White NV


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in London's Chiswick ... a ... a blend of 80% colombard,15% chenin blanc and 5%,muscat. I started the bottle last night with my supper of fishcakes with salad.This is a dry wine and it is quite acidic with a lot of grapefruit style fruit.There is also a suggestion of sour apple.It was a good mat... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • 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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