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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 Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Peu Morier 2012
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2012 Front Label
    Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2012
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos de Mosny 2012 Front Label
      Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos de Mosny 2012
      Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Ludovic Chanson Les Cabotines 2012 Front Label
        Ludovic Chanson Les Cabotines 2012
        Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
          MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2012
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
            Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2012
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
              Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2012
              Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Domaine de la Gaverie Vouvray Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
              Domaine de la Gaverie Vouvray Demi-Sec Chenin Blanc 2012
              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
              Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2012
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
              Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc 2012
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Protea Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
                Protea Chenin Blanc 2012
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
                L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2012
                Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2012 Front Label
                Saget la Perriere Vouvray Marie de Beauregard 2012
                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
                  Indaba Chenin Blanc 2012
                  Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                  • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2012 Front Label
                    Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2012
                    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                  • Loic Mahe Les Fougeraies 2012 Front Label
                    Loic Mahe Les Fougeraies 2012
                    Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                  • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012 Front Label
                    Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012
                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                    • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2012 Front Label
                      Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2012
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                      • Sauvion Vouvray 2012 Front Label
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                        • Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2012 Front Label
                          Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2012
                          Chenin Blanc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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                          • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2012 Front Label
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                            • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Demi-sec 2012 Front Label
                              Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Demi-sec 2012
                              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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