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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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  • Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 2005  Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine Coteaux du Layon 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    Indaba Chenin Blanc 2005
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    • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Kanu Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
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    • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
      Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2005
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2005 Front Label
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      • Remy Pannier Vouvray 2005 Front Label
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        • Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
          Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2005
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        • Rudera Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
          Rudera Chenin Blanc 2005
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          • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
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          • Waterford Pecan Stream Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
            Waterford Pecan Stream Chenin Blanc 2005
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Chappellet Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
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            Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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            • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
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            • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2005 Front Label
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                  • Domaine du Closel Clos du Papillon 2005 Front Label
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                    • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
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                      • Philippe Delesvaux Coteaux du Layon (500ML) 2005 Front Label
                        Philippe Delesvaux Coteaux du Layon (500ML) 2005
                        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                      • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2005 Front Label
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