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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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  • Mulderbosch Block W Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Mulderbosch Block W Chenin Blanc 2013
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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  • Storm Wines Jurassic Park Vineyard Steen 2013 Front Label
    Storm Wines Jurassic Park Vineyard Steen 2013
    Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec 2013 Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec 2013
    Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
    Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2013
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
      Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Chenin Blanc 2013
      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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      • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
        Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2013
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2013 Front Label
          Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2013
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Fog Monster Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
            Fog Monster Chenin Blanc 2013
            Chenin Blanc from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
              Elizabeth Spencer Mendocino Chenin Blanc 2013
              Chenin Blanc from California
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              • Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2013
                Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                  Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2013 Front Label
                    Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2013
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                    Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                    • L.A. Cetto Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                      L.A. Cetto Chenin Blanc 2013
                      Chenin Blanc from Mexico
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                      • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                        Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2013
                        Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                        • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2013 Front Label
                          Marc Bredif Vouvray 2013
                          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                          • Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                            Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2013
                            Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                          • Clarksburg Wine Company Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                            Clarksburg Wine Company Chenin Blanc 2013
                            Chenin Blanc from California
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                            • Champalou Vouvray La Cuvee des Fondraux 2013 Front Label
                              Champalou Vouvray La Cuvee des Fondraux 2013
                              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                              • Domaine aux Moines Savennieres Roches aux Moines 2013 Front Label
                                Domaine aux Moines Savennieres Roches aux Moines 2013
                                Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                              • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                                MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2013
                                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                • Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2013 Front Label
                                  Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2013
                                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                                  • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                                    Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013
                                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                  • Loic Mahe Chateau La Franchaie 2013 Front Label
                                    Loic Mahe Chateau La Franchaie 2013
                                    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                                    • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2013 Front Label
                                      Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2013
                                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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