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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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  • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
    Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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    Joostenberg Die Agteros Chenin Blanc 2015
    Chenin Blanc from Paarl, South Africa
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      Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2015
      Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      Indaba Chenin Blanc 2015
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
          Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2015
          Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
            Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
            Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
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            Chenin Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
              Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2015
              Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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              • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2015
                Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                • Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                  Ernie Els Big Easy Chenin Blanc 2015
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                    Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2015
                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                      Tormentoso Chenin Blanc 2015
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                        Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2015
                        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                          De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
                          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                        • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                          Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2015
                          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                          MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2015
                          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                          • Remy Pannier Vouvray 2015 Front Label
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                            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                              Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2015
                              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                              • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                                Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015
                                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                  Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray Clos le Vigneau 2015
                                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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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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                                  • The Royal Old Vines Steen Chenin Blanc 2015 Front Label
                                    The Royal Old Vines Steen Chenin Blanc 2015
                                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                      Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2015
                                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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