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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  • Beringer Vineyards Chenin Blanc Saint Helena 2007


    Sweet, fruity, but not cloying. Was good with light seafood pasta; would also be good on its own. For less than $10 (closer to $5), it's a great bargain. Read More

    Wine review by anja13

  • Kanu Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2006


    excellent value. sour papayas and pineapple for days. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Champalou Vouvray le Clos du Portail 2005


    This dry Vourvray (Chenin Blanc) from Champalou is quite consistently delicious, but the 2005 is a step above that. It's not a wine that knocks you over the head--but give it a few minutes and it will win you over with it's ripe pear fruit, excellent acid-balance and a remarkably graceful texture. Easy to drink by itself, a real crowd-pleaser, a... Read More

    Wine review by steve1000

  • Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Napa Valley Pocai Vineyard 2007


    Light yellow color with a tight nose. A little green apple aroma. Crisp and acidic with a minerality and a lemon/citrus burst on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by rjrausch

  • 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


    No written review

    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


    No written review

    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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