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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 de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2014 Front Label
    Domaine de la Bergerie Savennieres Clos Le Grand Beaupreau 2014
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Ironstone Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
      Ironstone Chenin Blanc 2014
      Chenin Blanc from Lodi, California
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      • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Demi-sec 2014 Front Label
        Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Demi-sec 2014
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2014 Front Label
          Domaine Bourillon-Dorleans Vouvray Sec Vieilles Vignes Coulee d'Argent 2014
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2014 Front Label
            Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2014
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
            Indaba Chenin Blanc 2014
            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
              Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2014
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Essay Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
              Essay Chenin Blanc 2014
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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            • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Bretonniere 2014 Front Label
              Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Bretonniere 2014
              Chenin Blanc from France
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            • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
              Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2014
              Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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            • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
              Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Chenin Blanc 2014
                Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2014 Front Label
                  Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2014
                  Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Domaine Vaufuget Vouvray 2014 Front Label
                    Domaine Vaufuget Vouvray 2014
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                      Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Clarksburg Wine Company Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                        Clarksburg Wine Company Chenin Blanc 2014
                        Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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                        • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                          Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2014
                          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                          • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                            De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
                            Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                          • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Dix Arpents 2014 Front Label
                            Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Dix Arpents 2014
                            Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                          • Pascal Janvier Jasnieres 2014 Front Label
                            Pascal Janvier Jasnieres 2014
                            Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                          • Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2014 Front Label
                            Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2014
                            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                          • Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Terrages 2014 Front Label
                            Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Terrages 2014
                            Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                            • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2014 Front Label
                              L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2014
                              Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                            • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2014 Front Label
                              Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2014
                              Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                            • Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2014 Front Label
                              Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon 2014
                              Chenin Blanc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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