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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  • Whatever happened to Chateau Souverain and its most pleasant on-premises ... ... ... over sparkling or their chenin blanc way back in the '70s, then making an effort in the late'80s to go there for the food when Gary Danko was in the kitchen. My understanding is that Coppola bought the property a decade ago, but is he utilizing the restaurant... Read More

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  • Post here about wines that used to satisfy, but for whatever reason (corporate ... the mighty have fallen.CA chenin blanc and charbono.&nbs Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

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    Wonderful nose of pear, lemon, citrus, melon and honeysuckle. This has been a favorite for hot sunny days on the deck for several years now. Juicy, tart finish blends with the right amount acidity and with a touch of small bubbles gives an uplifting aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Our first really warm day here this year.  Had some friends over for bbq ... ...   2014 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier                                                                                                                                  2012 Casa Castillo "Las Graves" JumillaThe CBV was uplifting, a great mood changer - the Jum... Read More

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  • Waterkloof Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2014

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    Pleasant minerality with light notes of lemon and peach on the nose. A bit more green apple and pear coming through on the palate and some toasted almond towards the finish. There's a warm sweet spice coming through the fullness of the palate here and ending with some baked apple and honeysuckle. Read More

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  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 5/2016. 6 vintages later and this is still an excellent value. Mary consumed most of this bottle over three evening dinners. I helped on the second night, and thought it was real tasty. What? You wanted me to tell you it had hints of a two day old apricot pit on the nose? I didn't think so. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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.Purchased one more at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

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