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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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • 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


  • Good dry Brut (not the off dry version I had tonight) Champagne first choice. ... ... had pleasurably with dry chenin blanc, whether from Savennieres or South Africa. In Oz and SE Asia have found a number of Aussie and Kiwi chards and dry semillons (and sparklings) to work. Sake works just fine, too.Plenty of other options, I'm sure, but these... Read More

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  • Yeah! It is oyster season in my town. Pick a peck in about 30 min. Best oysters in the world. No bias, no kidding. Wine = anything that is white, dry, French, and Loire or Champagne with an exceptional Chardonnay or Chablis admitted, meeting of course the French criteria. Notice the "spikes".  You will never see those on a restaurant oyster. The... Read More

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  • Great night for sure, JD. Your current focus on Burgundy shines through ... ... that Joly palate cleanser is chenin blanc, not SB--most of Savennieres is planted to CB, even though it's in the middle of the Loire.  :-)   He's an interesting if sometimes cantankerous guy I've met before, and have been enjoying his wines since the '80s, with vin... Read More

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  • This Thursday evening at Officine BRERA, I'll get a chance to taste some incredible wines. Well, they sure look incredible on paper anyhow.Champs1966 Bollinger 1999 Clos des Goisses  White Burgs2004 Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2004 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Chevalier Montrachet 2007 Sauzet Batard Montrachet 1999 Bouchard Chevlaier Montrachet  Red B... Read More

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  • Incognito "Summersday" 2015

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    Fairly sweet like a typical stateside Chenin Blanc, with the floral attributes of incorporated viognier. Grapefruit and acidity - not for me. Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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