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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  • Recolte les Arpents Chenin Blanc les Caves de la Tourangelle St. Roman 2007

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    I don't find that a lot of solo Chenin Blancs are a great solo white but this one is quite nice and would probably be great with any seafood. It is VERY citrusy with almost a lemon bias. It has a nice aftertaste and is quite drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by mikegriffin


  • Ballentine Vineyards Chenin Blanc Napa Valley Pocai Vineyard 2007

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club-Gold Series selection from Novemeber '08. The ... Ballentine 2007 Old Vines Chenin Blanc was harvested from the Pocai Vineyard, which has been exclusively farmed by the Pocai and Ballentine families for over 100 years. The Chenin Blanc was planted in the 1970s, making it one of the oldest single vineyards of the... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Antech Crémant de Limoux Cuvée Emotion NV

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    really surprising rosé, delicate and not too sweetPinot noir is bringing a smart touch (mainly for the color)I really enjoy it for dessert Read More

    Wine review by Olivier


  • Clos de Nouys Vouvray Demi-Sec 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jmf


  • Hey Mambo Swanky White 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by dlight


  • Milat Chenin Blanc St. Helena Estate Bottled NV

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    This wine is amazing. We stumbled into this winery through a recommendation of ... ... this is one of the best chenin blancs out there, and most definitely in its price clas Read More

    Wine review by trendyresistance


  • Perdeberg Winery Saam Mountain Chenin Blanc 2007

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    Clear, pale lemon colour. Clean, light, floral nose of yeast, asparagus, cream, vanilla. Off-dry palate with low-medium acid, light body. Floral and citrus notes. Alcohol at 13.5% is a bit overwhelming. Read More

    Wine review by Robert Dallas Gray


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 1999

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    a new favorite - different from the typical Read More

    Wine review by Gina Paddock


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2007

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    I picked up a bottle of this at a local wine tasting where we were tasting blends. I wasn't exceptionally impressed at the tasting because, I suspect, I was so impressed with the Evolution. However, I finally got around to trying the bottle I bought with a light lunch salad and found it really nice. It is a little on the sweet side but not cloyi... Read More

    Wine review by mikegriffin


  • Huët Vouvray Moëlleux le Mont 1997

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    This has beautifully purity on the nose with beautiful spiced apricot notes, waxy fruits, and grace notes of peach tea and vanilla custard. Deep and perfumed. In the mouth the tremendous acidity keeps this very lively and allows the mineral notes to cut and contrast the honey dipped apricot fruits. Superb balance and quite long this is just a b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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