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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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  • Raats Chenin Blanc 2008 Front Label
    Raats Chenin Blanc 2008
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2008
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      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2008 Front Label
        Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Philippe Foreau Vouvray Clos Naudin Demi-Sec 2008 Front Label
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        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        Philippe Foreau Vouvray Moelleux Clos Naudin 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008 Front Label
        Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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      • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2008 Front Label
        Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2008 Front Label
        Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2008
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2008 Front Label
        Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2008
        Chenin Blanc from California
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        • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2008 Front Label
          Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2008
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          Kanu Chenin Blanc 2008
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        • Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette 2008 Front Label
          Domaine Pichot Vouvray Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette 2008
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          Indaba Chenin Blanc 2008
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          • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2008 Front Label
            Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2008
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec 2008 Front Label
            Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec 2008
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2008 Front Label
            Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2008
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              • Domaine Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray Abbaye de Marmoutier Clos de Rougemont 2008 Front Label
                Domaine Vigneau Chevreau Vouvray Abbaye de Marmoutier Clos de Rougemont 2008
                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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              • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2008 Front Label
                Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2008
                Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Teddy Hall Wines Summer Moments Chenin Blanc 2008 Front Label
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                    Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                        • Pithon-Paille Anjou La Fresnaye Blanc 2008 Front Label
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