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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  • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2007


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    Wine review by garywwelch

  • I thought I already posted this last night, but I don't see my previous post. So if this is a duplicate just ignore the other one.My name's Xander, I'll be a grad student at Eastman school of music next year for composition. Wine is a very new hobby for me, and I'm quite interesting in tasting as many different types as I can. The problems I f... Read More

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  • Didier Champalou Vouvray 2007


    On the dry side of Vouvray, this is a pleasant, refreshing drink with green appley flavours and a sherbet zing on the end. It's a simple, unpretentious wine, and for that, a bit pricey.(Edit: This opened up a bit after an hour or two -- the sherbety acid gave way a bit, revealing some nice caraway notes. Worth the money, then.) Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray

  • Husch Vineyards Chenin Blanc Mendocino 2007


    Love this wine for summer time. Perfect for sipping. Nice juicy fruit flavors, but still balanced. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2004


    Powdered sugar nose, blackberry flavors. Nice, big, acidic wine with some chocolate notes. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2007


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    Wine review by wynkop

  • Rials Dom de la Chanade 2008


    Certainly something different. By fragrance you wouldnt know of it's origin. ... Sauv Blanc, South African Chenin Blanc and White Bordeaux. The nose explodes with lemon zest and citrus fruits with a dab of honey. Acidity is bright but not as tart as a Sauvy. Hints of straw with a clean finish. Bet you can't find another Len de Lel if you trie... Read More

    Wine review by NewWorld93

  • Here is my list that may work for a semi formal tasting, along with some fresh ... ... Nachtgold -19Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc -13Beaujolais Louis Latour -13The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 06 -25Campo Viejo Crianza/ Reserva 04/06 8 -13Stags Leap Napa Valley Viognier -17Rihaku Nigori Sake -30Gruet Sparkling -9Batasiolo Moscato d asti -12Edmea... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2004


    Extracted and over the top, but in a very interesting way. I would be very interested to see what this is like in 10 years. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2004


    Rich and fruity, with rough, disjointed tannins (give it time). There was good structure and I think it will evolve well. Still young, for a wine of that intensity. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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