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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  • Doulce France Vouvray Alfio Moriconi Selection 2007


    I was very pleased with this wine and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a little sweetness and not too dry. Read More

    Wine review by Jhldreth

  • Reginato White Blend Blanc de Blancs 2006


    70% Chardonnay 30% Chenin BlancScents of apple and butter. Flavors of tart apple and lemon. Crisp and dry. Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Poniatowski Vouvray Moëlleux Clos Baudoin 1990


    This is the second bottle of this that I've drunk in the last 6 months and this one was rather flat and boring. Perfectly drinkable but nothing special. A bit of a disappointment but this may just be an odd bottle as the previous one was wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Zameq

  • Château d'Epiré Savennières Cuvée Spéciale 2006


    Very light pear and apple notes leading through from the nose to the finish, where it mingles with a lightly fungal minerality. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Raats Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2003


    Wow. Remarkably good, with a slightly oxidized flavor that sets it far apart (in a good way) from virtually every other CB I've tasted. Very full-bodied and mouth-filling, nicely balanced, with peach, honey and hints of spice flavors. Read More

    Wine review by WineFlair

  • Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Demi-Sec 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by pbeeson

  • Coteaux du Layon Chaume Dme des Forges 2006


    Pears and honey on the nose. Sweet, with honey and a lovely apple/pear skin acidity on palate. Medium acidity, and medium to full body. Good length. Very good, and would be an excellent substitute for a much more expensive Vouvray. Read More

    Wine review by caltrop

  • Philippe Delesvaux Coteaux du Layon-St.-Aubin 2003


    A golden amber wine with medium intensity. Ripe stone fuit, honey, with lychee and floral overtones on the nose. Well balanced. The flavours follow the nose. A well made delightful dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by The Wine Teacher

  • J. C. Pichot Vouvray 2007


    Delicate floral nose, balanced acid, but not dry. The texture is medium weight and flows over the tongue nicely. Flavor has some tart fruits, like citrus with apricots. This is a very enjoyable table or relaxation wine. It goes great with baked chicken or Chinese food. Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter

  • J. C. Pichot Vouvray 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by HB Carter

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