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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  • Hi, Just wanted to introduce myself, I am a total newbie:) I love South African wine. I love a lot of wines:) But SA is my fav. Read More

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  • Man Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by Kimma B


  • Pichot Domaine le Peu de la Moriette Vouvray 2012

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    honeysuckle, pineapple. Slightly off dry. Tasty overall. I never drink Chenin Blanc so I wasnt sure what to expect. I think, not sure...im not a pro that I would like this wine to be a bit less sweet and probably more acidity. Still great with a fresh salad for dinner. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Lacheteau Cremant de Loire Brut NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I think the analogy of Chardonnay to Golden Retrievers is good if you just look ... ... punishing like young Chenin Blanc or super-dry Riesling, it's what makes whites pretty enjoyable--but it presents in the context of apples, or quince or grapefruit and you hardly notice it.BTW, Emark, I love grapefruit-y wines, but what I get from NZ SB is ... Read More

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  • Funny - I had been thinking chenin blanc + shellfish too, after the wine I had last night.Tonight we're opening one of the wines I purchased at an Italian wine store some time ago...I'd been reserving this one as a steak wine. The wine is a super tuscan from a small scale producer - Podere Sapaio Bolgheri Superiore (2008). I'm looking forward to... Read More

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  • A Sec Chenin Blanc EMark! Great with shellfish. Read More

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  • Baron Bernard Selection Vouvray Domaine de Vaufuget 2011

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    Slightly off dry (it reminded me of riesling), this is a well balanced chenin blanc with lots of acid and notes of green apple and honey with a touch of lime and some slightly salty minerality. Good length with a dry finish. (Proved to be a versatile cheese wine - the sweetness bounced well off both blue cheese and parmesan) Read More

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  • Just a quick hello. I am totally un-educated in the wine realm. As a matter of fact I never drank a glass until over age 40 and even then barely could finish it and would usually switch to a nice dark beer LOL.  Anyway about 2 years ago my good friend's husband decided he was going to show me what I was missing and every time we went out to dinn... Read More

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  • Domaine des Hardieres Coteaux du Layon 2010

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