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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Chenin Blanc on Snooth

  • Vouvray "Tuffeau " Thierry 2009

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    15.96 --> 9.96 Read More

    Wine review by mariel1112


  • Heller Estate Chenin Blanc 2011

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    It may be too sweet for some but those that love a sweet light wine will find it refreshing Read More

    Wine review by Leewest


  • Badger Mountain Pure White Vns

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    Badgers mountains pure white wine leaves little to be desired. The initial complex fruity notes can only succumbed by the finishing notes of salted chode. It's starts with a medium body and hints of pineapple. Only to finish across the tongue with distinct anus characteristics. The final impression is that of a overweight man's towel after the ... Read More

    Wine review by vinoexpert


  • The expected price ranges quoted are for the lot-quantity of bottles mentioned, ... some ways reminds us of dry Chenin Blanc. The wine is clean and brisk and refreshing, medium-bodied, and the aromatics follow-through on the palate. This seems like a good compliment to the other local wines! JW  |  60 in stock  |  $26.99 Canonica, Giovanni 2010... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Al, with four people, even one on meds, and a big steak dinner, one bottle just ... ... BYOB. Maybe order the Chenin Blanc off the list (lots of good CB from down South Africa way), and then have the staff open the red I brought.I see no advantage in supporting Morton wine price gouging. Chee Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • DM - We did have a 1/2 dozen oysters to start with, and the Chenin Blanc might have paired well with that, but we would have needed a second bottle to go with the steak dinners.  Our male friend (Greg) was drinking what ever we put in front of him, but his wife (Beth) only wanted a few small servings of wine since she was on medication.  Overall... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Al, I would've started with a bottle of the South African chenin blanc, then followed with a bottle of the Mayacamas from near the bottom of your top photograph (hard to read all the way to the top of it or the one at bottom). Two bottles for $200. Would decant the Mayacamas.The wine list is too pricey for what's there, and it's all the usual st... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Crisp and vibrant with a lively acidity. Nice floral aromas with citrus, apple and a hint of pink grapefruit. Refreshingly mouth watering. Great wine for summer or with food. Read More

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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2013

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  • This summer I'm trying to help you out of your seasonal drinking ruts. So far I've suggest some delicious alternatives to your standard drinking fare. Consider Portuguese whites, Soave, and of course Chenin from South Africa as tips worthy of investigation.Today I turn my attention to Spain, and in particular towards Rueda and it's mainstay vari... Read More

    From the article Va Va Va Verdejo!


  • 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!

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