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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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  • Beringer Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
    Beringer Chenin Blanc 2007
    Chenin Blanc from California
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    • Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray Vouvray Les Lys 2007 Front Label
      Cave des Producteurs de Vouvray Vouvray Les Lys 2007
      Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Knorhoek Wines Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
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        Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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        • Pulpit Rock Winery Cape Haven Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
          Pulpit Rock Winery Cape Haven Chenin Blanc 2007
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Goosecross Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
            Goosecross Chenin Blanc 2007
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            • Domaine Gigou Jasnieres Cuvee du Paradis 2007 Front Label
              Domaine Gigou Jasnieres Cuvee du Paradis 2007
              Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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              • Hidden Valley Hidden Agenda Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                Hidden Valley Hidden Agenda Chenin Blanc 2007
                Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                • Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Saulaies Blanc 2007 Front Label
                  Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Saulaies Blanc 2007
                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                  • Branchereau Domaine des Forges Savennieres La Roche aux Moines 2007 Front Label
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                    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                    • Prima Vinae Vouvray Maison Michel Picard 2007 Front Label
                      Prima Vinae Vouvray Maison Michel Picard 2007
                      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                      • Rijk's Private Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                        Rijk's Private Cellar Reserve Chenin Blanc 2007
                        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        • Mooiplaas Wine Estate Chenin Blanc 2007 Front Label
                          Mooiplaas Wine Estate Chenin Blanc 2007
                          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                          • Domaine Gigou Jasnieres Cuvee Clos Saint-Jacques 2007 Front Label
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                            Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                            • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2007 Front Label
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                              Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                              • Domaine de Saint-Just Saumur La Coulee de St-Cyr Blanc 2007 Front Label
                                Domaine de Saint-Just Saumur La Coulee de St-Cyr Blanc 2007
                                Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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                                • Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Gats Blanc 2007 Front Label
                                  Domaine Patrick Baudouin Anjou Les Gats Blanc 2007
                                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                                  • Pope Valley Winery Meyercamp Ranch Chenin Blanc 2007  Front Label
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                                      • Eikendal Noble Late Harvest 2007 Front Label
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                                        Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                        • Domaine du Petit Metris Quarts de Chaume Les Guerches 2007 Front Label
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                                          Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                                            Francois Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert 2007
                                            Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                                              Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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