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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  • Chateau Moncontour Vouvray Demi-Sec 2005

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    Wine review by pbeeson


  • Coteaux du Layon Chaume Dme des Forges 2006

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Wine review by HB Carter


  • Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvée Silex 2008

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    Awesome wine. Fully in agreement with Wine Advocate's review. Fruit and flowers on the nose. Chalk and honey follow on the palate. Lingering finish. Great treat. Read More

    Wine review by Terry M


  • Anjou Blanc Mosse 2007

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    Nice pale gold color with anise and honey on the nose, Meyer lemon (almost tangerine) citrus on the palate with honey and ripe pear, almost nutty on the finish. Showed that nice crisp Chenin acidity. If you like white Burgundy, this is a good approximation for much less. Read More

    Wine review by Atterrissage


  • Didier Champalou Vouvray 2007

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    Wine review by remybhatia


  • Post House Chenin Blanc NV

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    Wine review by PLC666


  • Sadie Family Sequillo White 2007

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    A magical blend of principally Chenin Blanc with Marsanne, Roussanne and a touch of Viognier. Creamy edged, full, textural, weighty reminiscent of a Pinot Gris but with more of a crisp finish. Very food friendly.http://www.spittoon.biz/the_wine_society_-_brief_notes.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


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