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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  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Brut Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Limoux 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cuvee du President' Blanc de Blancs Brut Cremant de Limoux 1991

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    I bought this bottle of wine for a mere £1 from a new website called ... ... ... although pinot noir,chenin blanc and mauzac are also allowed in a blend. My bottle is very old-fashioned,quite heavy and the label says made by Divinaude although I have not been able to find out much about them. I presume it to be a negociant house or co-operati... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Kindred a Family Made Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Boutinot 2013

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  • Dry Chenin Blanc, something I've yet to try. I won't be able to find a Dirty and Rowdy but I'll check at the Total Wine and see what I can find. Discovering new things to try is one of the reasons I'm a wine lover. Read More

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  • Dirty & Rowdy Chenin Blanc 2016

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    Crystal clear, pretty, yellow color. Somewhat floral nose. On the tonguebone dry and quite tart. Very lean, and, probably, a good accompaniment with shellfish. Ill be testing that theory in about an hour. I like the crispnessit makes this a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cote Mas Brut Cremant de Limoux NV

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    Heady toast and honeyed biscuit aromas with baked apple and pear notes. Crisp and refreshing palate of green apple and golden berries, this is nicely tart on the mid palate with some grapefruit flavor and a burst of acidity which sustains through to the lemon meringue and pineapple finish with a touch of crumb cake. Fresh and refreshing. Read More

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  • La Lisse Soie d'Ivoire Chenin Blanc Igp Haute Vallee de l'Aude 2016

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  • I tasted through a selection of Chenin Blanc for #CheninBlancDay last June. Right off the bat I knew we had to bring these wines to the Snooth audience.  I was hoping to do it in the winter months for one very good reason: South African Chenin Blanc retains startlingly robust fruits (more than enough to stand up to warming winter dishes), while ... Read More

    From the article South African Chenin is the Ideal Winter White


  • With Christmas lunch now on the radar, Snoothers who enjoy cooking are already ... either Chardonnay, Arbois or Chenin Blanc.By the way, Cheverny’s red and rose wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Gamay blended with a minimum of 15% Cabernet Franc or Malbec (known as Cot in the Loire).For my anorak followers, Cheverny covers 24 communes and... Read More

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  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's ... ... blanc de blancs, Loire chenin blanc, various from the Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill served from spigots to fill empty gallon jugs back home in Italy. Though this particular grape is kinda suited to ... Read More

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