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Chenin Blanc

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Unquestionably one of the most diverse grape varieties, Chenin Blanc can do it all. It shines in every style from bone dry to unctuously sweet, oaked or unoaked, still or sparkling and even as the base for fortified wines and spirits. Perhaps Chenin Blanc’s greatest asset is its ever-present acidity, maintained even under warm growing conditions. While most would agree it reigns supreme when from its birthplace of the Loire Valley, Chenin is the most planted variety in South Africa. California’s Clarksburg appellation is also winning more notoriety for Chenin.

Tasting Notes for Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc makes a white wine. Drier versions commonly have characteristics of passion fruit, lemon, quince, green apple, saffron and chamomile while sweeter version express aromas and flavors such as yellow pear, white peach, melon, ginger and honeysuckle. When aged in oak, qualities like meringue and brioche can be found. Sparkling versions often have apple, ginger and floral notes.

Perfect Food Pairings for Chenin Blanc

Cool-climate Chenin Blanc has the chalky acidity to work with light seafood such as oysters and shellfish. Off-dry styles work well with the sweet-and-sour nature of Thai and Vietnamese food. The sparkling versions such as Saumur Mousseux, Vouvray Petillant and Crémant de Loire make amazing aperitif options that won’t bruise the pocketbook.

Sommelier Secrets for Chenin Blanc

South Africa actually has double the amount of Chenin Blanc planted compared to France. It is believed that either the Dutch navigator, Jan van Riebeeck, brought the grape to Cape Town in 1655 or the Huguenots fleeing France brought it in 1685. Either way, the South Africans have favored it for many centuries and make it in almost every style. Today a new wave of dedicated producers has committed to restoring old Chenin vines and finding the most ideal new spots for this prized variety.

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  • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
      Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2019
      Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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    • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
      Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019
      Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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      • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
        L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2018 Front Label
        Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2018 Front Label
        Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2017  Front Label
          Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2017
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
            MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2019
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Champalou Vouvray 2018  Front Label
              Champalou Vouvray 2018
              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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              • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2018  Front Label
                Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Sadie Family Die Ouwingerdreeks Mev. Kirtsen Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                  Sadie Family Die Ouwingerdreeks Mev. Kirtsen Chenin Blanc 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                  • Sauvion Vouvray 2019  Front Label
                    Sauvion Vouvray 2019
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017  Front Label
                      De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017
                      Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                    • Laffourcade Savennieres 2017  Front Label
                      Laffourcade Savennieres 2017
                      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                      • Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2017  Front Label
                        Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2017
                        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                      • Domaine Vaufuget Vouvray 2018 Front Label
                        Domaine Vaufuget Vouvray 2018
                        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                        • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2017  Front Label
                          Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2017
                          Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                          • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                            Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2019
                            Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                              Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2019
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                            • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                              Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018
                              Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                              • Lang & Reed Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                                Lang & Reed Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2018
                                Chenin Blanc from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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                              • La Craie Vouvray 2017 Front Label
                                La Craie Vouvray 2017
                                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                  Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2018
                                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017  Front Label
                                    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017
                                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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