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 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


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Tormentoso Old Vine Chenin Blanc Paarl 2014

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    Wine review by raindance


  • Cuvee Thomas Jefferson Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut 2012

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 2013

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    Wine review by raindance


  • Domaine Breton la Dilettante Vouvay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by hope28


  • Last night I could not be bothered to cook so I went out to the local curry ... ... Galineau. It is a sweet chenin blanc wine. There was plenty of a pineapple and apricot style fruit with a hint of grapefruit. It was very refreshing and worked well with the spicy foo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pair with Chili?


  • Coteaux du Layon Vignoble Galineau 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... white wines made of the chenin blanc grape [ called pineau de Loire in this area ] from 27 communes to the south of the town of Angers along the river Layon,a tributary of the Loire.There are three more prestigious sub-appellations, Coteaux du Layon Chaume, Quarts de Chaume, and Bonnezeau... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • My favorite Chenin Blanc is FMC from Ken Forrester.

    Comment by 809697mjvieira 809697 mjvieira


  • You will not believe your luck- if you get the chance to taste Springfontein Jil's dune chenin blanc-It satisfies at all levels -enough said-try it! Oh yes, it is from Cape Province, SouthAfrica.

    Comment by 86215dickjan 86215 dickjan


  • Chenin Blanc 2000 from Arciero, has a blosomy yet worse. Vomit Blasting Effect on my mature palet! Yuccckkk!!!

    Comment by 598477pavement 598477 pavement


  • Is arciero winery still producing chennnnin blanc with the archer on the lable

    Comment by 442369anbhansen 442369 anbhansen


  • Recently introduced to Simonsig Chenin Blanc, really taken with it. So much so, that I have shared with friends. And, have friends who visited the winery. So fun!

    Comment by 258665photojoy 258665 photojoy


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