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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  • Château de Montfort Vouvray 2006

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    Wine review by baseball636


  • Coriole Chenin Blanc Mclaren Vale 2006

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  • Knee Deep Sweet 2008

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  • Pierre Ferrand Chinon Château de Ligré 2005

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    Being a 2005 vintage, I think there is a tiny bit of aging begining to happen with this wine. The honeyed notes jump out the fruit, while still crisp, is drifting towards the baked side. I keep thinking it's apricot, but I am not going to bet the farm on that. Honey. Light floral. Little mineral.On the palate, it's pretty rich. The honeyed chara... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot


  • Graham Chenin Blanc 2008

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  • Marc Bredif Nectar Vouvray 1996

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  • The Other Guys White Blend Napa Valley Hey Mambo Swanky White 2007

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  • Youve heard it before Im sure. Anything but Chardonnay, and I mean anything, or do I? I dont know if youve noticed but all the cool kids have left that club and formed a new club. You should come and join us in the Anything But (crappy) Chardonnay Club!Fortunately in this club we are allowed our dalliances with Chablis and Montrachet, not to me... Read More

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  • The Other Guys White Blend Napa Valley Hey Mambo Swanky White 2007

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    Wine Enthusiast liked this. I think there was a misblending of the varietals. ... It's made up of viognier, chenin blanc, muscat canelli and sauvignon blanc. nce of these things does not belong, in my opinion. Eh. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Marechal Vouvray 2006

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    nose of flowers and quince. full mouth feel for a chenin blanc with so butterscotch with honey, melon and minerality. good for sipping on a hot day. Read More

    Wine review by chefvangarde


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