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 2004


    color-pale straw; nose-peach & nectarine; mouth-fruit&spice; finish-short & sweet. buy it, drink it, share it. Read More

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  • J. W. Morris Chenin Blanc 2007


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  • Trinchero Family Estates Wine 4 Chilling White NV


    For a fruity, not sweet, wine, there is too much chardonnay. It is a good light summer wine to share when you are unsure of what the other guests in the crowd would like.Inexpensive, but not a bad wine for the price. It does improve when it has had a chance to breathe, even just letting it sit in the glass for a few minutes.I bought the Wine 4 C... Read More

    Wine review by EdgewaterD

  • Domaine des Baumard Clos du Papillon Savennieres 2000


    Very sadly the bottle I've just had of the 2000 vintage is over the hill. And I bought a case last week !!!! July 2009. Should have known better, Read More

    Wine review by Nibs

  • Wines, much like people, tend to be lumped together in broad categories based ... bulk of production between Chenin Blanc, traditionally called Steen in South Africa, and the decidedly more popular, though perhaps ultimately less compelling Sauvignon Blanc.Its not that South Africa is a slouch with Sauvignon Blanc, the opposite in fact is tru... Read More

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  • Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2008


    A good, crisp wine for a hot summer's day. Very refreshing! Read More

    Wine review by HerrHexenmeister

  • Coulée de Serrant Aoc 2003


    An exceptionel thick and yellow wine, with very small hints of botrytis. Not in ... powerfull and not a normal Chenin Blanc product. This is incredibl Read More

    Wine review by gauguin

  • Vouvray Marc Bredif 2004


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