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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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  • Denis Marchais Vouvray (half-bottle) 1998
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Columbia Winery Yakima Valley Chenin Blanc 1998
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      • Domaine des Baumard Clos du Papillon Savennieres 1998
        Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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        • Chappellet Dry Chenin Blanc 1998
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          • Barton & Guestier Vouvray 1998
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            • Marc Bredif Vouvray 1998 Front Label
              Marc Bredif Vouvray 1998
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              • Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Chenin Blanc 1998 Front Label
                Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Chenin Blanc 1998
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                • Hogue Chenin Blanc 1998 Front Label
                  Hogue Chenin Blanc 1998
                  Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 1998 Front Label
                    Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 1998
                    Chenin Blanc from California
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                    • Chappellet Old Vine Cuvee Chenin Blanc 1998
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                      • Callaway Chenin Blanc Dry 1998 Front Label
                        Callaway Chenin Blanc Dry 1998
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                        • Pine Ridge CB+V Chenin Blanc - Viognier 1998 Front Label
                          Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc - Viognier 1998
                          Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Chappellet Moelleux Chenin Blanc (half-bottle) 1998
                          Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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                        • Chateau de Suronde Quarts de Chaume 1998 Front Label
                          Chateau de Suronde Quarts de Chaume 1998
                          Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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