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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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    Snoqualmie Chenin Blanc 2003
    Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Beringer Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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        • Kanu Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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        • Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
          Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2003
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        • Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
          Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc 2003
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          • Barton & Guestier Vouvray 2003 Front Label
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            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Hogue Fruit Forward Chenin Blanc 2003
              Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Cederberg V Generations Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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              • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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                • Rudera Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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                • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2003 Front Label
                  Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 2003
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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                  • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2003 Front Label
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                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • Chappellet Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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                      Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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                      • Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2003 Front Label
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                        • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2003 Front Label
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                          • Vinum Cellars Chard-No-Way (dry Chenin Blanc) 2003 Front Label
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                            • J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray 2003 Front Label
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                                • Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance 2003 Front Label
                                  Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance 2003
                                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                                  • Chateau de Ligre Chinon Blanc 2003 Front Label
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                                    Chenin Blanc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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