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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  • Great night for sure, JD. Your current focus on Burgundy shines through ... ... that Joly palate cleanser is chenin blanc, not SB--most of Savennieres is planted to CB, even though it's in the middle of the Loire.  :-)   He's an interesting if sometimes cantankerous guy I've met before, and have been enjoying his wines since the '80s, with vin... Read More

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  • This Thursday evening at Officine BRERA, I'll get a chance to taste some incredible wines. Well, they sure look incredible on paper anyhow.Champs1966 Bollinger 1999 Clos des Goisses  White Burgs2004 Leflaive Batard Montrachet 2004 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Chevalier Montrachet 2007 Sauzet Batard Montrachet 1999 Bouchard Chevlaier Montrachet  Red B... Read More

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  • Incognito "Summersday" 2015


    Fairly sweet like a typical stateside Chenin Blanc, with the floral attributes of incorporated viognier. Grapefruit and acidity - not for me. Paul 83 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • California Sauterne.  Wow.  Talk about a blast from the past.I do ... ... say French Colombard and Chenin Blanc.  If you can find a bottle of Chenin Blanc--from California, France or Soouth Aftrica--that might be a good place for you to start.RCKR has suggested something that might hit the spot for you.  I might suggest something a bit differe... Read More

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  • Now that the name Sauterne, is reserved for those wines from that region, how do I find the type of wine produced in the 1960's, that used to be labeled " Sauterne".This wine was from California and was an excellent compliment to poultry. I have no idea what wines to try.Thanks Read More

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  • D - you wouldn't necessarily know but New Yorkers are supposed to go to ... quite good - Paumonok's Chenin Blanc for example. But it will never be California.Anyway, I don't know about anyone else, but I have a million questions on enology. I hope you stick around. It is slow at the moment, but sometimes things pick u Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc Clarksburg 2014


    Light melon and tea leaf aromas with a hint of spice and some clay. Lightly emollient in the mouth, softly floral and elegant with hints of white peach, chunky melon, banana and lychee on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Kleine Parys Chenin Blanc 2016


    surprising depth for such a young wine! nose of mint and thyme, herby, grassy and with citrus notes on the palate Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... fruit for this wine (100% Chenin Blanc) came from the Loire Valley. Orchard fruit aromas are joined by hints of orange zest. Anjou pear and white peach dominate the palate. Copious spice and mineral notes mark the long, refreshing finish.  Anaba 2013 Viognier ($... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer

  • 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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