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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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  • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
    Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2010 Front Label
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      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2010 Front Label
      Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2010
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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      • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
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        Chenin Blanc from Sonoma County, California
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        • Chateau De La Roulerie Coteaux du Layon (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Chateau De La Roulerie Coteaux du Layon (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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        • Domaine Nicolas Brunet Vouvray Sec 2010 Front Label
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          • Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2010 Front Label
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            Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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          • Marc Bredif Vouvray (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
            Marc Bredif Vouvray (375ML half-bottle) 2010
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2010 Front Label
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              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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              • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
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              • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
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              • Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2010 Front Label
                Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2010
                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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              • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
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              • Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2010 Front Label
                Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2010
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                • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2010 Front Label
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                    • Domaine des Baumard Carte d'Or Coteaux du Layon 2010 Front Label
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                      • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2010 Front Label
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