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Chenin Blanc

Unquestionably one of the most diverse grape varieties ...

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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 its Chenin.

In the Glass

Chenin's 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, persimmon, melon, ginger and honeysuckle. When aged in oak, qualities like meringue and brioche can be found. Sparkling versions often have yellow apple, ginger and floral notes.

Perfect Pairings

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 Secret

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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  • Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier 2011 Front Label
    Pepi Chenin Blanc Viognier 2011
    Chenin Blanc from California
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  • Essay Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Essay Chenin Blanc 2011
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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  • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2011
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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  • Georges Meurgey Vouvray 2011 Front Label
    Georges Meurgey Vouvray 2011
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Nicolas Brunet Vouvray Demi-Sec 2011 Front Label
      Domaine Nicolas Brunet Vouvray Demi-Sec 2011
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2011 Front Label
        Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2011
        Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
          Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2011
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2011 Front Label
          Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2011
          Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2011 Front Label
            Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2011
            Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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          • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2011 Front Label
            Marc Bredif Vouvray 2011
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
              MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2011
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Protea Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
              Protea Chenin Blanc 2011
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2011
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                  Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                  Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2011
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                  Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2011
                  Chenin Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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                • Clos Palet Vouvray 2011 Front Label
                  Clos Palet Vouvray 2011
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                    Indaba Chenin Blanc 2011
                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                      Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2011
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                    • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                      L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2011
                      Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2011 Front Label
                      Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2011
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Sauvion Vouvray 2011 Front Label
                      Sauvion Vouvray 2011
                      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • Gautier Vouvray De Gautier 2011 Front Label
                      Gautier Vouvray De Gautier 2011
                      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                      • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2011 Front Label
                        Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2011
                        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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