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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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  • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2018  Front Label
    Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    Domaine du Closel Clos du Papillon Savennieres 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine de La Guilloterie Elegance Saumur Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de La Guilloterie Elegance Saumur Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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  • Lang & Reed Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Lang & Reed Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Mendocino, California
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  • Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2018  Front Label
      Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2018
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
      Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2018
      Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu 2018  Front Label
        Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2018  Front Label
        Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 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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      • Chalone Estate Chenin Blanc 2018 Front Label
        Chalone Estate Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Chalone, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Lo-Fi Wines Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Lo-Fi Wines Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Dashe Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
        Dashe Chenin Blanc 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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        • Leo Steen Peaberry Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          Leo Steen Peaberry Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Mendocino, California
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          • The Terraces Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
            The Terraces Chenin Blanc 2018
            Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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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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              • Hartford Court Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Hartford Court Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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              • Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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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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                  • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2018  Front Label
                    Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2018
                    Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    Folk Machine Jeanne d'Arc 2018
                    Chenin Blanc from California
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                    • Leo Steen Saini Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                      Leo Steen Saini Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018
                      Chenin Blanc from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Stolpman Vineyards Combe Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                        Stolpman Vineyards Combe Chenin Blanc 2018
                        Chenin Blanc from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                        • Pax Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                          Pax Chenin Blanc 2018
                          Chenin Blanc from Mendocino, California
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