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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  • Llano Estacado Blush NV

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    the after taste was horrible. Read More

    Wine review by alissajuicy


  • Rene Junot White NV

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    Crisp and dry, but still fruity. Definitely benefits from the chenin blanc grapes. Served chilled, it makes a good spring wine. Read More

    Wine review by ChaseConnor


  • Bonnezeaux Domaine du Moulin de Beauregard 1989

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... white wines made of the chenin blanc grape from the commune of Thouarce about 10 miles south of the town of Angers in the Loire valley.It is part of the larger Coteaux du Layon appellation.I have not been able to find out much about Domaine du Moulin de Beauregard.I started my bottle last night... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • OT  - you know those wines?  It was well-made, I'm not knocking ... so I stopped in and found a Chenin Blanc for under five bucks. "Perfect!" I thought to myself.Took it home and figured I'd chop up some shallots and garlic, throw in some chicken and mushrooms, and saute the the lot to do it up right. But just to check, I opened the wine first... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Full bodied


  • Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Cuvee de Silex 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa Julia Chenin Dulce Natural 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Looking for a really full bodied red wine - the more robust the better, up to $150ish. Thanks!   Read More

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  • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Coulee de Serrant Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Brut Cuvee T 2012

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    Amazing wine. Not two sweet with little acidity. Excellent with shell fish. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... ... ... off with an excellent Chenin Blanc. Tart and crisp but with a nice bit of creaminess and good acidity, fermented in a concrete "egg".  This was followed by a decent grenache and a really nice Dry Creek zin. The offering kind of hit home - 2014 Ancient Vines, Bedroc... Read More

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  • 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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