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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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