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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 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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  • Francois Pinon Les Trois Argiles Vouvray 2017 Front Label
    Francois Pinon Les Trois Argiles Vouvray 2017
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • The Terraces Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
      The Terraces Chenin Blanc 2017
      Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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      • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2017  Front Label
        Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2017
        Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Gautier Vouvray De Gautier 2017 Front Label
        Gautier Vouvray De Gautier 2017
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2017 Front Label
          Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2017
          Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, 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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          • Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
            Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2017
            Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Lang & Reed Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
              Lang & Reed Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2017
              Chenin Blanc from Mendocino, California
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              • Lo-Fi Wines Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017  Front Label
                Lo-Fi Wines Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017
                Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
                  Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2017
                  Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                  • Leo Steen Peaberry Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
                    Leo Steen Peaberry Chenin Blanc 2017
                    Chenin Blanc from Mendocino, California
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                    • Lang & Reed Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
                      Lang & Reed Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2017
                      Chenin Blanc from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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                    • Dashe Chenin Blanc 2017  Front Label
                      Dashe Chenin Blanc 2017
                      Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                      • Habit Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
                        Habit Chenin Blanc 2017
                        Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                        • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2017 Front Label
                          Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2017
                          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                        • Francois Pinon Silex Noir 2017  Front Label
                          Francois Pinon Silex Noir 2017
                          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                        • Folk Machine Clarksburg Merritt Island Chenin Blanc 2017  Front Label
                          Folk Machine Clarksburg Merritt Island Chenin Blanc 2017
                          Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                          • Broc Cellars Shell Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017  Front Label
                            Broc Cellars Shell Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017
                            Chenin Blanc from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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                            Pax Chenin Blanc 2017
                            Chenin Blanc from Mendocino, California
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                            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2017 Front Label
                              Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2017
                              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Le Mont 2017 Front Label
                              Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Le Mont 2017
                              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                            • Leo Steen Saini Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017 Front Label
                              Leo Steen Saini Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2017
                              Chenin Blanc from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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