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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 Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Glanees Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Glanees Blanc 2006
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Heller Estate Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
      Heller Estate Chenin Blanc 2006
      Chenin Blanc from Carmel Valley, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Dom. de la Rouletiere Vouvray Sec 2006 Front Label
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        Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Chateau de Ligre Chinon Blanc 2006 Front Label
          Chateau de Ligre Chinon Blanc 2006
          Chenin Blanc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Hidden Valley Hidden Agenda Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
            Hidden Valley Hidden Agenda Chenin Blanc 2006
            Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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            • Arabella Wines Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
              Arabella Wines Chenin Blanc 2006
              Chenin Blanc from Robertson, South Africa
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              • Domaine de Montgilet Anjou Blanc 2006 Front Label
                Domaine de Montgilet Anjou Blanc 2006
                Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                • Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2006  Front Label
                  Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2006
                  Chenin Blanc from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                  • Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray Vouvray Les Lys 2006 Front Label
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                    Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • Weinert Carrascal blanco 2006 Front Label
                      Weinert Carrascal blanco 2006
                      Chenin Blanc from Mendoza, Argentina
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                      • Branchereau Domaine des Forges Quarts de Chaume 2006 Front Label
                        Branchereau Domaine des Forges Quarts de Chaume 2006
                        Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                        • Domaine les Grandes Vignes Coteaux du Layon Le Pont Martin 2006 Front Label
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                          Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                          • Can Rafols dels Caus La Calma 2006 Front Label
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                            Chenin Blanc from Penedes, Spain
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                            • Pope Valley Winery Meyercamp Ranch Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
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                              Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley, California
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                              • Kyra Wines Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
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                                Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                                • Tierhoek Straw Wine 2006 Front Label
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                                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                                  • Chateau Plaisance Quarts de Chaume 2006 Front Label
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                                    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                                    • Domaine des Chesnaies Anjou La Potardiere Blanc 2006 Front Label
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                                      • Vignobles Alain Chateau Anjou Chateau de la Guimoniere Blanc Sec 2006 Front Label
                                        Vignobles Alain Chateau Anjou Chateau de la Guimoniere Blanc Sec 2006
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                                        • Domaine les Grandes Vignes Bonnezeaux Le Malabe 2006 Front Label
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                                          • Beringer Chenin Blanc 2006  Front Label
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                                            • Goosecross Chenin Blanc 2006 Front Label
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                                              • Domaine Pichot Vouvray Coteau de la Biche 2006 Front Label
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                                                • Domaine de Montrieux Coteaux du Vendomois Blanc 2006 Front Label
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