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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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  • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2006
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      Indaba Chenin Blanc 2006
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      • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2006 Front Label
        Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2006
        Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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      • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
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        Chenin Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Late Harvest Chenin (Half-Bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Late Harvest Chenin (Half-Bottle) 2006
          Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2006 Front Label
          Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2006
          Chenin Blanc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
            Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2006
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            • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
              Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2006
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • MAN Vintners Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
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              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
              Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2006
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              • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
                Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc 2006
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • J. Moreau & Fils Vouvray 2006 Front Label
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                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Kanu Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
                  Kanu Chenin Blanc 2006
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Chenin Blanc (half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Chenin Blanc (half-bottle) 2006
                    Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Waterford Pecan Stream Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
                      Waterford Pecan Stream Chenin Blanc 2006
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                      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Chenin Blanc Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
                        Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Chenin Blanc Ice Wine (half-bottle) 2006
                        Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Vinum Cellars Chard-No-Way 2006 Front Label
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                          • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2006 Front Label
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                            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc 2006
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                                • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2006 Front Label
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                                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                  • Remy Pannier Vouvray 2006 Front Label
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                                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                    • Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2006 Front Label
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                                      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                                        Chenin Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina
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