Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc
(SHEN-uhn Blahnk)
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Model of Versatility
The best representation of the Chenin Blanc grape can be found in the Loire Valley of France - more specifically, the regions of Vouvray, Savennieres, Anjou and Samur. The versatility of the grape allows it to produce wines both dry and sweet, still and sparkling - and you can find all examples in the Loire. It's found in South Africa as well, where it's called Steen and is typically made in the dry style. It used to be a popular grape in California, but it's late-ripening and the warm weather promoted over-cropping and the wine produced a neutral and bland product for many producers. Luckily, some California producers are fostering the grape for a comeback.

Notable Facts
Soils are often the defining factor of a Chenin style. In the Loire, the heavier, clay-based soils are best for fostering late ripening, sweet Chenin Blanc - the chalky, more limestone-based soils are responsible for many of the lighter, crisper styles of the grape. Sweet Chenin Blanc is sometimes affected by botrytis, the mold that creates the sweet wines of Sauternes. These wines are long lasting and like honey and nectar on the palate. The dry style of Chenin Blanc is a crisp, refreshing wine with citrus flavors offset by an almost creamy texture. Good Chenin Blancs are delightful wines, versatile with a wide range of food depending on their sweetness level.

Summing it up
Successful Sites: Loire Valley, South Africa, some California

Common Descriptors: honey, damp straw, green apple, floral, mineral

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  • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2014
    $9.99
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  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 2013
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  • Guy Saget Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2013
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  • Essay Chenin Blanc 2014
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  • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013
    $14.99
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  • Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2013
    $23.99
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  • The Royal Chenin Blanc Old Vine Steen 2013
    $9.99
    Ships Mon, May 4
  • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2014
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  • Protea Chenin Blanc 2014
    $19.99
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  • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2014
    $12.99
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  • Delaire Chenin Blanc 2013
    $24.99
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  • Sauvion Vouvray 2014
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  • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2013
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  • Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc 2014
    $15.99
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu 2009
    $44.99
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  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2013
    $12.99
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  • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
    $15.99
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  • Marc Bredif Vouvray (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    $10.99
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  • La Craie Vouvray 2011
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  • Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2012
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  • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2011
    $16.99
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  • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2013
    $12.99
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  • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2013
    $23.99
    Ships Mon, May 4
  • Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin 2009
    $66.99
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  • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2013
    $13.99
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