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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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    Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2004
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      Beringer Chenin Blanc 2004
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        Indaba Chenin Blanc 2004
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          Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2004
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          Chenin Blanc from California
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            KWV Steen 2004
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              Remy Pannier Vouvray 2004
              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2004
                  Chenin Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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                    J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray 2004
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                      Barton & Guestier Vouvray 2004
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                      • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2004
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                          MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2004
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                            Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon (375ML half-bottle) 2004
                            Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                            Chappellet Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2004
                            Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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                              Marc Bredif Vouvray 2004
                              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2004
                                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                  Luc et Fabrice Martin Coteaux du Layon Cuvee Prestige 2004
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                                    Kanu Chenin Blanc 2004
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                                    Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2004
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                                    Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2004
                                    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                                    Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2004
                                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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