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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  • Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2008


    2008 Man Vintners Chenin Blanc (Steen) Coastal South Africa (13.5%) Color: Outside, hard to tell, Nose: a little melon, honeysuckle, Taste: high acidity, light tannins, decent finishLamarr: A- (crisp acidity, very refreshing, though inexperienced in whites, this is very good)Hector: A- (crisper and more refreshing than our whites of yesteryear)... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr

  • Bradgate Chenin Blanc Sauvignon Blanc White South Africa 2008


    a slightly restrained nose of fresh white fruit, like apples and pears, a slight hint of cinnamon, but mostly reminds me more of a sauvignon blanc; a little minerality and smooth. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Lacheteau Vouvray 2006


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    Wine review by bynum

  • Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2008


    great sour acidity. drink really cold. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Château de Montfort Vouvray 2005


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    Wine review by bebethedog

  • I'm headed to Long Island with some family members and wanted to visit a few wineries. I've been to the following, so was looking for some new ideas:Paumanok, Roanoke, Wolffer Estate, Duck Walk My sister likes sweeter, fruitier wines. I like everything. Any suggestions?thanks Read More

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  • Pinon Vouvray Tradition 2007


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    Wine review by RachelNYC

  • Domaine Aux Moines Savennières Roche Aux Moines 1995


    Dry, but with strong smells of honey and bees wax when first opened. Taste of honey, wax and parchment evident, as well as "sugar-less pineapple". Honey becoming less dominant as the wine breathes, with preserved pear and slighly darker notes becoming evident. Beautiful with goat's cheese. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid

  • Château d'Epiré Cuvée Spéciale Château D Epiré 2005


    Smells like alcohol and paraffin. Flavors of lemon and pear, with all the over the top acidity you might expect from such a pairing. Possibly something of a specialty taste, but a very interesting and unique wine. Read More

    Wine review by SetarconeX

  • I love red wine but I hear so much "pair red wine with red meat" but I don't eat meat. I have fish now and then but red just doesn't go with sushi. Any vegetarian red wine lovers out there? I can't be the only one! Help me find something meat free to pair with my Cabernet! Read More

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