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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  • Sebeka Chenin Blanc 2008

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    color-straw yellownose-citrus, stonefruit & lemon grassmouth-mineral & green teafinish-medumbuy itdrink itshare it Read More

    Wine review by George Parkinson


  • Château de la Roulerie Rosé Blend Rosé d'Anjou 2008

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    Wine review by melmorg


  • B & G Vouvray 2010

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    color-pale yellownose-herbal, slight medicinal, citrusmouth-stone fruit & grassfinish - mediumbuy itdrink it Read More

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  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Petit 2007

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    color-yellow cornnose-peach, mineralmouth-lemongrass, cumquatfinish-medium shortbuy itdrink it Read More

    Wine review by George Parkinson


  • Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Napa Valley Pocai Vineyard 2007

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    Pretty inexpensive, crisp clean wine with subtle tones of peaches pears and citrus. Great with light fare. Read More

    Wine review by iceobar


  • Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by tenzinaire


  • I am having guests the end of the month, one of whom is a rather talented chef. I know she prefers white wines (and tends toward a vegetarin diet). I'm not very educated on whites, and I'm looking for some recommendations, or some hints on where to look. Personally, I prefer something not-too-sweet. What should I be looking at? Read More

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  • Story Winery Chenin Blanc Amador County 2008

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    Classic Chenin Blanc funk with a hint of more honied, floral aromas and a bit of fig. It's a pretty big wine, lots of acidity lends a bitterness on the palate that melts off the finish like butter leaving alcohol behind. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Californias Sierra foothills appellation spans across some of the least ... ... vineyards.Story Winery 2007 Chenin Blanc Shenandoah  15%A touch funky right out of the bottle with notes of caramel, butterscotch and quince paste over a funky chalky earth, seashell and herb base. Deceptively light bodied with gentle flavors of apple, apple butter... Read More

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  • Story Winery Chenin Blanc Amador County 2008

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    A touch funky right out of the bottle with notes of caramel, butterscotch and quince paste over a funky chalky earth, seashell and herb base. Deceptively light bodied with gentle flavors of apple, apple butter and pressed flowers slowly building in the glass. Holds its 15% amazing well. The subtle flavors power through on the medium length f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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