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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  • 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

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2004


    The Endeavor! Couldn't really pick up much on this wine. Tasted great though, despite the extreme subtlety (and my young palate). Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer

  • Foxen Chenin Blanc Santa Maria Valley Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard 2006


    A touch of residual sugar Great with Asian food or sunset Read More

    Wine review by Wine911

  • Rene Junot White Table Wine


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    Wine review by huttonad

  • Kiona Chenin Blanc Red Mountain Ice Wine 2004


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    Wine review by LukeyDee

  • Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2008


    I really enjoyed this crisp white. Potential for great summer wine if I can find it again in my area. Originally bought it randomly at World Market and haven't been able to find anywhere but online since then. Such a shame, I think we paid $7 something! Read More

    Wine review by madf

  • Thunder Cuvee 2006


    My new go-to white wine for this summer is the Thunder Napa Cuvee White. 75% ... 75% ... 8.3% Verdelho, 7.8% Chenin Blanc, 8.9% Orange Muscat.Gives you a lighter, crisper, chardonnay with good acidity. Very delicio Read More

    Wine review by IamJustinM

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