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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  • "If you're feeling what I'm feeling come on, all you soul searching people come on."- Delta SpiritIn an effort to share in the fun of Wine and Music pairing, I would like to open this week's pairing to suggestions from others.The album title "Ode to Sunshine" and artwork for this band are clearly a great fit for the Wine sect. To add a little in... Read More

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  • Inspired by John of Loxton Cellars, who posted his ten top wines of all time if ... Chenin Blanc and Almost Anything, Especially Spicy AnythingsChenin Blanc is a magic grape. Like it's aromatic friend Riesling, it comes in many shapes, flavors, sugar and mineral levels, and in ranging acidities, all perfect for pouring into my glass. In all the... Read More

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  • Inspired by John of Loxton Cellars, who posted his ten top wines of all time if ... if ... 5.    Chenin Blanc and Almost Anything, Especially Spicy Anythings Chenin Blanc is a magic grape. Like it's aromatic friend Riesling, it comes in many shapes, flavors, sugar and mineral levels, and in ranging acidities, all perfect for pouring into my gl... Read More

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  • Forrest Estate Chenin Blanc Marlborough Botrytised 2000

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    Great wine with amazing acidity and some great secondary notes coming out. I wish I still had a few bottles as I'm pretty sure this will age for the next 5 yrs quite nicely. Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Monte Xanic White Blend Chenin Colombard NV

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    Wine review by 50gray


  • Gaston Huet Biodynamic Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg 2005

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    One of the best Vouvray around Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2007

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  • Domaine des Baumard Savennières Trie Spéciale 2003

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    I had this at Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar in New York with .... oysters and other ... ... how it compares to other Chenin Blanc. I was disappointed to read in the Oxford Wine Encyclopedia that Chenin Blanc and most of the Loire Valley wines are deemed kind of weak. Thought I had discovered a new favorite. But then again it's too expensive for me ... Read More

    Wine review by sidneyjblank


  • Teddy Hall Chenin Blanc 2007

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    Crisp, summer wine. A bit overpriced at the wine bar I tried it at, but pretty tasty. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Spice Route Chenin Blanc Swartland 2006

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    Very food friendly wine. Seems to enhance its presence with food, a spot weak on its own. Nice tropical fruit, pear and honey flavors. Nice mouth feel but not too weighty and a mild acidic conclusion. Try this one at dinner with creamy pasta dishes or seafood. Read More

    Wine review by treg906


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