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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  • Bonny Doon Vineyard Chenin Blanc California Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc 2007

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    Floral peach nose. Good acidity and tropical fruits, almost prickly crisp, but sweet peachy fruit balances the wine - excellent on a warm summers day. Good wine for $10 Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • G&m Machmer Gewürztraminer Spätlese Bechtheimer Stein 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by kelsco2007


  • Domaine des Forges Chaume Premier Cru des Coteaux du Layon 2007

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    A serious yet beautiful,fun wine. Again, Chaume wines are the result of ... a ... a soul-mate microclimate for Chenin blanc and 2) a no-expenses-spared spa treatment for the variety; thanks in particular, to Forges' aptitude for handling it adequately.Luscious sweet fruit balanced with orange peel, soft vanilla pod and a seemingly electric bol... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Big House White 2006

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    Serviceable. In my opinion too many varietals making it too complex and not ... ... fruit. Probably high in Chenin Blanc. Also: Sauv Blanc, viognier, malvasia bianca, orange muscat muscat canelli, and marsann Read More

    Wine review by rjrausch


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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    Not impressed. I keep putting the glass down instead of keeping my nose stuck in it as I tend to do with wines I like. It's not bad, just a bit bland. The nose is pleasant with some sweet spice notes, but the palate is flat. Good tannins though. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2003

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    Good wine. Dark color, intense and concentrated aromas of cherry and chocolate, woodys and balanced at the end Read More

    Wine review by Shellyfish26


  • Tmv White 2005

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    Second in a flight of SA wines we tried after the Sequillo white, and if anything even headier: this is also in the style of a southern-French white, but gonzoid and turbo-charged. It could conceivably be drunk with a fruity dessert, such is its seductive richness; but it charmed our monkfish just as well, permeating the meal with its resinous, ... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • Sequillo 2006

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    We had this on a recent trip to a hotel near us in Scotland run by a South African chef, who keeps one of the largest SA-only cellars outside his mother country. I've always been a bit underwhelmed by South African wines -- partly owing to lack of knowledge, I have to admit.This, though, was an extraordinary, huge, blockbuster wine in the style ... Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • Carvalho Family Wines Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Late Harvest 2005

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    A lovely white dessert wine from a small winery a very short drive south of Sacramento, California. For an instant it tastes like a very light wine, and then the tropical sweetness and a heavy honeyed mouthfeel explodes on your tongue. Not as thick and cloying as some other sweet whites. Great with a tropical or citrus dessert, something a li... Read More

    Wine review by Nicole Ramsey


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2007

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    I'm a red wine drinker always in search of an interesting white. To my uneducated palate, the wine started off (too?) sweet, but only for half a second. I found it drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by pagervino


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