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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Mary Margaret McCamic

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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Chenin Blanc on Snooth

  • Silwervis South Africa Swartland Chenin Blanc 2011

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    Skin fermented for 2 months in a concrete egg. Rather candied on the nose with intensely spicy and wooly aromas layered over notes of chalk, sassafras, a hint of nettle and earthy fruit. Broad in the mouth with a lovely early rush of fruit that is supported by lime acids. This is quite vibrant in the mouth, offering up subtly complex notes of h... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Demorgenzon Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Intensely aromatic this is both floral and herbal at the same time with lots of almost medicinal fennel seed and coriander notes layered under white flowers and polleny notes. Theres some oak here and that adds to the spiciness of the nose and help to frame the core of apple and quince fruit that wrapped in dusty nuance. Faintly sweet on entry, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Earthy on the nose with faint shadings of oak adding nnce and contrast to the dried apple and faintly spicy fruit that has a gentle honied cast to it. Dry, firm and austere on entry, this has real nervous energy on the palate as it opens with dried citrus peel, melon and tart apple flavors. Its a restrained, almost elegant, if not for its intens... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... ... Forlorn Hope The Story Chenin Blanc Story Vineyard Amador 13.17% $30  Planted in 79 and 85, own rooted  Fermented in neutral wood, more than 14 months in barrel, off lees at ten months. Tight on the nose and inexpressive with only faint mineral and incipient... Read More

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  • Forlorn Hope the Story Chenin Blanc Story Vineyard Amador 2012

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    Planted in 79 and 85, own rooted Fermented in neutral wood, more than 14 months in barrel, off lees at ten months. Tight on the nose and inexpressive with only faint mineral and incipient floral notes. Smooth and supple in the mouth, this is reticent, clear, and mineral. Clean and fresh today, there's a nice white orchard fruity core here, a s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Traditionally Sake or Beer, however I even wonder about Blanc de Blanc ... ... ... Bordeaux white blend, Chenin blanc from the Loire or South Africa, Italian Arneis, Prosecco, Spanish Albarino,Godello or Viura, Hunter Valley Semillon, Clare Valley Riesling, Margaret River Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blends, Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne, NZ Gewurztra... Read More

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  •   So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Less tropical than either the first challenge or the second one--match wines to this locale and cuisine ,,, First some scenery, both countryside and urban. Will show different seasons because time-of-year has a great effect on menus in this co... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2010

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  • While we all have a wine that represents this change of season that we are ... ... are ... like South African Chenin Blanc and Portuguese whites for example, but for these first summery days of spring there is no reason to forgo the familiar.   2012 De Morgenzon DMZ Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape South Africa 13.5% $15 Complex aromas of wildflo... Read More

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