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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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  • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
    MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2007
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        Kanu Chenin Blanc 2007
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
          Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2007
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
          Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2007
          Chenin Blanc from Oakville, Napa Valley, California
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          • Barton & Guestier Vouvray 2007 Front Label
            Barton & Guestier Vouvray 2007
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
              Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2007
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              • Raats Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                Raats Chenin Blanc 2007
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Rudera Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                Rudera Chenin Blanc 2007
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2007 Front Label
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                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Champalou Vouvray Sec 2007 Front Label
                  Champalou Vouvray Sec 2007
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                • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
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                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2007
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2007 Front Label
                    Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2007
                    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                  • Pacific Rim Chenin Blanc 2007
                    Chenin Blanc from Washington
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                    • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2007  Front Label
                      Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2007
                      Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                      • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2007 Front Label
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                      • Chateau de la Mulonniere Savennieres 2007 Front Label
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                            Celler Escoda-Samahuja Els Bassots 2007
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                                Vignobles Alain Chateau Anjou Chateau de la Guimoniere Blanc Sec 2007
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                                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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