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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  • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc Clarksburg 2014

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    Light melon and tea leaf aromas with a hint of spice and some clay. Lightly emollient in the mouth, softly floral and elegant with hints of white peach, chunky melon, banana and lychee on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kleine Parys Chenin Blanc 2016

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    surprising depth for such a young wine! nose of mint and thyme, herby, grassy and with citrus notes on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... fruit for this wine (100% Chenin Blanc) came from the Loire Valley. Orchard fruit aromas are joined by hints of orange zest. Anjou pear and white peach dominate the palate. Copious spice and mineral notes mark the long, refreshing finish.  Anaba 2013 Viognier ($... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer


  • Whatever happened to Chateau Souverain and its most pleasant on-premises ... ... ... over sparkling or their chenin blanc way back in the '70s, then making an effort in the late'80s to go there for the food when Gary Danko was in the kitchen. My understanding is that Coppola bought the property a decade ago, but is he utilizing the restaurant... Read More

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  • Post here about wines that used to satisfy, but for whatever reason (corporate ... the mighty have fallen.CA chenin blanc and charbono.&nbs Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

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    Wonderful nose of pear, lemon, citrus, melon and honeysuckle. This has been a favorite for hot sunny days on the deck for several years now. Juicy, tart finish blends with the right amount acidity and with a touch of small bubbles gives an uplifting aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Our first really warm day here this year.  Had some friends over for bbq ... ...   2014 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier                                                                                                                                  2012 Casa Castillo "Las Graves" JumillaThe CBV was uplifting, a great mood changer - the Jum... Read More

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  • Waterkloof Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2014

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    Pleasant minerality with light notes of lemon and peach on the nose. A bit more green apple and pear coming through on the palate and some toasted almond towards the finish. There's a warm sweet spice coming through the fullness of the palate here and ending with some baked apple and honeysuckle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 5/2016. 6 vintages later and this is still an excellent value. Mary consumed most of this bottle over three evening dinners. I helped on the second night, and thought it was real tasty. What? You wanted me to tell you it had hints of a two day old apricot pit on the nose? I didn't think so. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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