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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  • Domaine Breton la Dilettante Vouvay 2012

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    Wine review by hope28


  • Last night I could not be bothered to cook so I went out to the local curry ... ... Galineau. It is a sweet chenin blanc wine. There was plenty of a pineapple and apricot style fruit with a hint of grapefruit. It was very refreshing and worked well with the spicy foo Read More

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  • Coteaux du Layon Vignoble Galineau 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... white wines made of the chenin blanc grape [ called pineau de Loire in this area ] from 27 communes to the south of the town of Angers along the river Layon,a tributary of the Loire.There are three more prestigious sub-appellations, Coteaux du Layon Chaume, Quarts de Chaume, and Bonnezeau... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Zin or a Chenin Blanc  Read More

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  • Zin or Barbera?Have both on hand...2014 Bedrock Evanghelo, 2011 Elio Grasso Barbera.Something else?  Read More

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  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... California 2014 - $35 39% Chenin Blanc, 28% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, 8% Melon, 4% Pinot Blanc // 10 bottles remain         Keep, Lost Slough Vineyard, White Blend, Clarksburg 2015 - $18 35% Cortese, 34% Falanghina & 31% Loureiro. I see at least 189 Scrabble poi... Read More

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  • Rckr - thanks for the followup, always nice to get a picture of others ... ... wine discussion, opened this Chenin Blanc from Swartland the other night.  Not bad, not great but well worth the $13. Notes of ripe pear and subtle citrus with a medium amount of acidity. I'd purchase this again for a mid-week drinker with no hesitatio Read More

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  • Vinum Cellars White Elephant 2013

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    Delicious vanilla cream pie notes of white peach, ripe red apple and hazelnut on the nose. In the mouth this is full and emollient, with toasty apple and pear fruit playing against peach and apricot, wrapped in a cream cheese envelope and finishing with a nutty memory. Read More

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  • We celebrated with Fish Tacos and a newly delivered Sadlands Chenin Blanc.The wine is tasty but I have some red left over from last night so I had just one taste of the Sandlands. Will check back in maybe Sunday as my schedule is full fir the next couple nights. saturday is the Historic Vineyard Society Vineyard Tour and Dinner and Friday night ... Read More

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  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    I recently found this Cremant de Limoux for sale at my local supermarket. They just started carrying Gerard Bertrand's wines, which none of the local wine/liquor stores carry. This sparkling wine is quite nice for the money, very dry, medium small bubbles, with a clean aftertaste. However, there are several other brands in this price range that ... Read More

    Wine review by D9sus 4


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