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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  • Tormentoso Old Vine Chenin Blanc Paarl 2014

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    Binny's 5/2016. Started off with what Mary thought, after sip #1, was a sweet white. Not so, I sipped it and disagreed, she backed off and said it was the nose that confused her. She ended up saying it was fine. I am sure because she consumed it while looking at an awesome view of The Great Smokey Mountains from the deck of our rented cabin. Read More

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  • Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut 2012

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

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  • Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2013

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    Binny's 5/2016. Why oh why, did I give the second bottle of this sparkler to the neighbors as a Thanksgiving gift? Going for more Limoux sparklers on my next wine buying trip. Just very very tasty. Off to a great Thanksgiving day 2016. Read More

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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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