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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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  • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2015  Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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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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  • Champalou Vouvray 2019  Front Label
    Champalou Vouvray 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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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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    • Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2016  Front Label
      Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2016
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Francois Pinon Silex Noir 2018  Front Label
        Francois Pinon Silex Noir 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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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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          • Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray Clos le Vigneau 2018  Front Label
            Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray Clos le Vigneau 2018
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
              Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2019
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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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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              • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2018  Front Label
                Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
                  MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2019
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2019  Front Label
                  Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2019
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Haut Lieu 2018  Front Label
                  Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Haut Lieu 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Habit Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park Vineyard 2018  Front Label
                  Habit Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park Vineyard 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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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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                • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2017  Front Label
                  Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2017
                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                • Precedent Enlightenment Mountain Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017  Front Label
                  Precedent Enlightenment Mountain Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017
                  Chenin Blanc from Mendocino, 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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                • Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Terrages 2018  Front Label
                  Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Terrages 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2018  Front Label
                    Marc Bredif Vouvray 2018
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, 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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