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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Chenin Blanc on Snooth

  • The Nordic North is seeing palates across the country warming to ... Mare ... ... Mare Magnum; and Zumbali Chenin Blanc, a South African bag-in-box offering. Other strong performers in the Nordic country were United States-based Oak Ridge Winery's SomeZin, which, according to the report, was “the second most popular red wine in Sweden” in 2013... Read More

    From the article Sweden Sees Rise in Wine Sales


  • Savennières is the French derivation of Latin’s “vicus ... ... perfumed.That grape is Chenin Blanc. This noble variety is the region’s most distinguished – and only – grape variety today. However, it didn’t arrive in the valley until 1496. So, perhaps what used to bloom in spring with the soapwort was more charasmatically aromatic. After all,... Read More

    From the article Savennieres, A Place of Soap...and of Wine


  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • Grgich Hills Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Very good wine, some wood, balances, persisted, full flavor Read More

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  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... that often include old vine Chenin Blanc as well as a wide and entirely unpredictable range of other white varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier and a smattering of other grapes. Though at least a portion of these wines often sees vinificat... Read More

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  • Two very enjoyable evenings, OT.  We are planning to be up there, again, ... ... allocation I had was 2 X Chenin Blanc.  I took them and wishlisted everything else.I have also continued with the Imagery Club.  I am very OK with them picking the wines for me.  I feel it forces me to look at wines that I might not have otherwise investigated.  I... Read More

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  • Chateau Moncontour 'La Belle Angerie' Vouvray Demi-Sec 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Chinon when I went there back in ... ... and the grape variety is Chenin blanc,known locally as 'pineau' although small proportions of a grape called arbois are allowed but raely used. There are four types of Vouvray;sec,demi-sec,moelleux and doux which roughly translates as dry, medium ,sweet and ev... Read More

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  • Bouvet Brut Signature

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    Just returned from France where we had a outstanding meeting and interview with Patrice Monmousseau, President / Directeur General of Bouvet - Ladubay. A most gracious host. Listen to the interview, coming soon on WineLineRadio on www.overseas radio.com. Also, we had dinner at "Le Route de Set", Patrice's daughter's restaurant outside Saumur... ... Read More

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  • Domaine Eric Herault Vieilles Vignes Chinon 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros from a shop in Chinon back in May when I visited that area. Chinon is an AOC created in 1937,although wine production in the area goes back centuries, for mainly red and rose wines made from the cabernet franc grape, known in the area as 'petit breton' [the rare white Chinon being made from chenin blanc ... Read More

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  • Jancis shmansis or should I say shamsis. She doesn't even recognize that chenin blanc grows along the Loire...  ;-) 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.

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

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

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  • 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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