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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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  • Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2004 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2004
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • Vinum Cellars Chard-No-Way (dry Chenin Blanc) 2004
    Chenin Blanc from California
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    • Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 2004 Front Label
      Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 2004
      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    • Rudera Chenin Blanc 2004 Front Label
      Rudera Chenin Blanc 2004
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Chateau de Suronde Quarts de Chaume 2004 Front Label
        Chateau de Suronde Quarts de Chaume 2004
        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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        • Chateau de la Mulonniere Savennieres 2004 Front Label
          Chateau de la Mulonniere Savennieres 2004
          Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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          • Heller Estate Chenin Blanc 2004  Front Label
            Heller Estate Chenin Blanc 2004
            Chenin Blanc from Carmel Valley, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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            • Dancing Coyote Chenin Blanc 2004  Front Label
              Dancing Coyote Chenin Blanc 2004
              Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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              • Peel Estate Wood Matured Chenin Blanc 2004 Front Label
                Peel Estate Wood Matured Chenin Blanc 2004
                Chenin Blanc from Australia
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                • Domaine Gigou Jasnieres Cuvee du Paradis 2004 Front Label
                  Domaine Gigou Jasnieres Cuvee du Paradis 2004
                  Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                  • Weinert Carrascal blanco 2004 Front Label
                    Weinert Carrascal blanco 2004
                    Chenin Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina
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                    • Chalone Estate Chenin Blanc 2004 Front Label
                      Chalone Estate Chenin Blanc 2004
                      Chenin Blanc from Chalone, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                      • Domaine Mosse Anjou Le Rouchefer 2004 Front Label
                        Domaine Mosse Anjou Le Rouchefer 2004
                        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                        • Domaine des Chesnaies Anjou La Potardiere Blanc 2004 Front Label
                          Domaine des Chesnaies Anjou La Potardiere Blanc 2004
                          Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                          • Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Buttes de St Germain des Pres Blanc 2004 Front Label
                            Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Buttes de St Germain des Pres Blanc 2004
                            Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                            • Chateau de Ligre Chinon Blanc 2004 Front Label
                              Chateau de Ligre Chinon Blanc 2004
                              Chenin Blanc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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                              • Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2004  Front Label
                                Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2004
                                Chenin Blanc from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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