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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  • In case you haven’t heard, June 17th is Chenin Blanc Day. And like so many wine lovers, one of the first places I go for great Chenin Blanc is South Africa. While South Africa is considered part of the New World, at this point, the country’s vines are quite venerable. The first vintage of South African wine was recorded in 1659. Meanwhile, the f... Read More

    From the article Chenin Blanc Strikes Back


  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2015

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    Wine review by vbarnhar


  • Llano Estacado Blush NV

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    the after taste was horrible. Read More

    Wine review by alissajuicy


  • Rene Junot White NV

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    Crisp and dry, but still fruity. Definitely benefits from the chenin blanc grapes. Served chilled, it makes a good spring wine. Read More

    Wine review by ChaseConnor


  • Bonnezeaux Domaine du Moulin de Beauregard 1989

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... white wines made of the chenin blanc grape from the commune of Thouarce about 10 miles south of the town of Angers in the Loire valley.It is part of the larger Coteaux du Layon appellation.I have not been able to find out much about Domaine du Moulin de Beauregard.I started my bottle last night... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • OT  - you know those wines?  It was well-made, I'm not knocking ... so I stopped in and found a Chenin Blanc for under five bucks. "Perfect!" I thought to myself.Took it home and figured I'd chop up some shallots and garlic, throw in some chicken and mushrooms, and saute the the lot to do it up right. But just to check, I opened the wine first... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Full bodied


  • Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvee de Silex 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa Julia Chenin Dulce Natural 2016

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    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Full bodied


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