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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  • Emark is right - it's a great source of decently-priced varieties. It's ... ... does it right IMHO. Also Chenin Blanc and it's a great source of sweet wines as well. But the reds are an acquired taste if you're not used to Gamay, Malbec, and Cab Franc that's lean and acidi Read More

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  • Today's deliveries:Patine--I ordered Patine three years ago.  Maybe 6 ... Dirty & Rowdy 2 X Chenin Blanc and 2 X Mourvdre.   Interesting that for those who are alcohal averse, these all have fairly low ABVs. The D & R delivery really surprised me, today.  I was expecting Carlisle, but nope.  We'll see if it rolls up, tomorro Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were ... ... -- Viognier, Albarino, Chenin Blanc and Roussanne among them. And for the beer aficionado Paso Robles is home to the famed Firestone Walker Brewing Company, as well as a new crop of distillers that make their very own gin.Amy Corron PowerAnother Wine BlogPen... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region is Trending


  • Apples, gourds, and snifters of port are right around the corner. Let’s ... ... Chardonnay, and Chenin Blanc that comes in a 500ml tallboy can, which is equivalent to over three glasses of wine. It has a refreshing and dry fresh strawberry, watermelon and peach character with hints of guava and mint leaf. It’s a great example of the canned wi... Read More

    From the article The Last Wines of Summer


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2012

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... ... de l'Aveyron Selves (Chenin Blanc)  |  3 in stock  |  $24.99 Casot des Maillioles 2013 Vin de France Blanc de Casot  |  3 in stock  |  $49.99 Casot des Maillioles 2013 Vin de France Tir a Blanc  |  3 in stock  |  $29.99 Casot des Maillioles 2013 Vin de France... Read More

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  • Bloem White Blend Western Cape 2016

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    This has a floral, fleshy and peach driven nose with lemon citrus notes. On the palate this starts out zesty and citrusy with lemon and grapefruit giving way to a burst of green apple and pear fruit before becoming briny with notes of sea spray and a creamy finish. Nice complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Xavier Flouret Fynbos Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016

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    Clean and clear aromas of light peach, melon and steely lime. This has a pleasant creaminess to it with a honeyed note of pear, apple and peach with cool, lime zest and butter notes towards the long finish of aged cheese rind and oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Backsberg Chenin Blanc Western Cape

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    Slate rock minerality and green apple on the steely nose. This has a touch of peach and green apple fruit but carries a bit of aged cheese and cream towards the finish that adds another dimension of complexity with a tingle of acidity towards the dry oaky finish. Read More

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  • Ken Forrester Wines Petit Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016

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    Warm melon and lemon aromas. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon in the mouth, this is simple and fruit forward but melts into an earthy, oaky and almost tannic finish. Read More

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  • My favorite Chenin Blanc is FMC from Ken Forrester.

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  • 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!

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