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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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016

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    Pear, green apple and melon aromas are nicely and expressively fruity. This has an initial earthy oak note and releases more fruit flavors of pear, golden berries and lime towards the finish where this turns slightly creamy and cool with a flash of apricot. Read More

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  • Indaba Chenin Blanc Western Cape 2016

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    Green apple and lime aromas with a light honeysuckle floral note. This is simple, refreshing and juicy on the palate with lime and melon fruit flavors, a medium-full acidity and a bit of herb on the finish. Read More

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  • Eikeboom Chenin Blanc Western Cape 2016

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    Lightly buttered aromas of melon and pear on the nose. A hint of fruit sugar greets the palate with peach and apricot notes, even a touch of pineapple adding some additional fresh fruit flavor before this finishes clean and light with confectioners sugar and green melon.90 pts Read More

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  • Cederberg Chenin Blanc South Africa 2016

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    Tropical fruit notes of banana and melon with a tart mineral note. In the mouth this has a creamy aged cheese note with lemon and grapefruit fruit flavors and zippy acidity coursing through to the finish. Read More

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  • Riebeek Cellars Chenin Blanc 2016

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    Honeysuckle, melon and lemon aromas. This has a full and rich texture on the palate which imparts a creaminess, though the flavor profile is quite citrusy and herbal with notes of lime, grapefruit and melon finishing with a grassy butter note and more fresh lemon. Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2015

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    Binny's 6/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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!

    Comment by 258665photojoy 258665 photojoy


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