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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  • Clos de la Deviniere Maison Natale de Rabelais Touraine Blanc 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 5 euros from the gift shop at Chinon castle ... My bottle is made from the chenin blanc grape and is from a winery attatched to the Musee Rabelais [ a museum devoted to the memory of the French writer Rabelais] just south of Chinon in Seuilly.. I started my bottle last night with my supper of smoked fish in che... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Protea Chenin Blanc 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Vendange Sweet Red 2009

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    I tried Vendange Sweet Red tonight at a party and I am disgusted. Has anyone ever read the label? It's not even friggin' WINE. It says red wine, WATER, high fructose corn syrup... Need I even say more. WTF? I am disgusted. Waste of money. Read More

    Wine review by stachlaw


  • Congrats on getting FatBoy logistics smoothed out.Have had Txacoli in ... ... in ... riesling, or French chenin blanc, or oaked chardonnay Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • There's a new crop of wines popping up in the southern reaches of the ... ... of white varieties including chenin blanc, viognier, and roussanne from seven vineyards,” Wong wrote. “Restrained lime, citrus, floral, grapefruit, mineral. Medium body, complex, angular and elegant with a very long finish.”Wong' second wine was Kershaw Elgin's 2012 ... Read More

    From the article Something Old, Something New: South Africa Winemakers Fusing Two


  • Sandlands Chenin Blanc Amador County 2013

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    Bright nose with lots of fruit aromaspeach, melon. Fairly crisp on the tongue with those white fruit flavorspeach, melon, maybe, even, a tropical hint like kiwi. Very excellent acid backbone makes this very refreshing and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Well, Al, between your painting projects and OT's changing-the- surface-of ... few days.I missed the Drink Chenin Blanc Day (or whatever it was called) last Friday.  So, I'm a few days late. I'm not sure I like this one as much as I liked the 2012 version.  To me this one was much more fruit forward--peach, melon, and, maybe, even, kiwi--than ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Oh I love halibut.  That would be a very tasty pairing with the Chenin Blanc.  Hope you enjoy the food. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Jovly Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by stachlaw


  • Amid the cavalcade of summer wine recommendations flooding the vino world these ... Painted Wolf The Den 2014 Chenin Blanc. “I love how a stunning, cool lift of lemon verbena and even pine wafts out of the glass right off the bat,” he wrote. “On the palate, we have muddled lemon, star fruit, tangerine, and pomelo all coming together.”  The Vanc... Read More

    From the article Four Wines for the Summer: Vancouver Paper Gives Recommendations


  • 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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