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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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  • 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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  • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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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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      • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
        De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Champalou Vouvray 2019  Front Label
          Champalou Vouvray 2019
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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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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          • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
            Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2019
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
              Indaba Chenin Blanc 2019
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2019
                Chenin Blanc from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec 2018  Front Label
                  Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2018  Front Label
                  Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • La Craie Vouvray 2018  Front Label
                  La Craie Vouvray 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Laffourcade Savennieres 2017  Front Label
                    Laffourcade Savennieres 2017
                    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                    • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                      L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2019
                      Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                      Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2018
                      Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                      • Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
                        Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc 2017
                        Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                      • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2018  Front Label
                        Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2018
                        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                      • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                        Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2019
                        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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                        • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                          Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2019
                          Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                        • Gen del Alma JiJiJi Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                          Gen del Alma JiJiJi Chenin Blanc 2019
                          Chenin Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina
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                        • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                          Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2018
                          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                          • Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                            Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018
                            Chenin Blanc from Paarl, South Africa
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                            • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                              Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Laffourcade Savennieres 2018  Front Label
                                Laffourcade Savennieres 2018
                                Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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