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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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 2014

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    I love this unpretentious wine. Floral accents, stone fruits, a touch of sugar and a slight effervescence lead to a framed acidic finish. Well done year after year. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose

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    Nice easy drinking way to begin a lunch. A bit bracing with cherry, strawberry, and cotton candy. A bargain at the pricing of $15 Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County 2013

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    Lots of tropical and, maybe, citrus fruit on the nose. On the tongue Im getting papaya, kiwi and lemon. Very light bodied. Some nice stoniness. Sufficient acidity to give it refreshness, but it is certainly not tart. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Richard Bruno Clarksburg Chenin Blanc 2015

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    A Naked Wines selection from a while back. Clear lemon yellow in the glass. Opens with Mint/Lemon and a bit of yeast - almost a champagne smell; then goes to almost a sweet cotton candy scent. Tastes of dark mineral and lemon-lime kiwi. A nice bite with a fair amount acidity and then oddly, just a bit of oak. Quite nice. Don't recall what the pr... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016 & 3/2017. Yippee. Beautiful in the glass, tiny bubbles, a hint of a nutty taste in the mouth with a dry finish. Best of the show in a small two bottle tasting. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Whenever I get together with friends and cook my wife and I always love to ... ... Brut NVThis uses Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Mauzac. The white Mauzac grape is the Limoux’s signature. Clean, light and honeyed with floral notes of blossom and hints of peach. Dry, spicy and full of sharp acidity and a pleasant dried fruit note coming... Read More

    From the article The Difference Between Value & Cheap Sparkling Wine


  • Yeah JD, that '14 Sun Chase is a tasty drink. It brings it without ... ... Rosé2013 Sandlands Chenin Blanc2011 Roulout Les Vireuils2007 Roumier Chambolle-Musigny2010 Scherrer Hallberg PN2015 Wilson Foreigner Valdiguié2010 Gilardi Terra di Lavoro2013 Myriad Dr Crane Elysian 2014 Carter Cellars Three Kings B Read More

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  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • Bougrier Vin de France Chenin V 2015

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    Good Thanksgiving choice. Moderately sweet with good acidity for balance. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


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