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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 Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2005
    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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  • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2005
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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  • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
    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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    • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2005 Front Label
      Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2005
      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Kanu Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
      Kanu Chenin Blanc 2005
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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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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    • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
      Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2005
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Francois Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert 2005 Front Label
      Francois Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert 2005
      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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    • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2005 Front Label
      Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2005
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Francois Chidaine Vouvrey les Argiles 2005 Front Label
        Francois Chidaine Vouvrey les Argiles 2005
        Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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      • Chappellet Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
        Chappellet Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2005
        Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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        • Remy Pannier Vouvray 2005 Front Label
          Remy Pannier Vouvray 2005
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
            Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2005
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
            Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2005
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Rudera Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
            Rudera Chenin Blanc 2005
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
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              Chenin Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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              • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2005 Front Label
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                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Domaine du Closel Clos du Papillon 2005 Front Label
                  Domaine du Closel Clos du Papillon 2005
                  Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                  • Philippe Brisebarre Vouvray Demi-Sec 2005 Front Bottle Shot
                    Philippe Brisebarre Vouvray Demi-Sec 2005
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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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
                      Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2005
                      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                    • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2005 Front Label
                      Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2005
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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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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                    • Domaine du Closel La Jalousie Savennieres 2005 Front Label
                      Domaine du Closel La Jalousie Savennieres 2005
                      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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