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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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  • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2016  Front Label
    Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2016
    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance (500ML) 2016  Front Label
      Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvee Constance (500ML) 2016
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Kunin Jurassic Park Natural Chenin Blanc 2016  Front Label
        Kunin Jurassic Park Natural Chenin Blanc 2016
        Chenin Blanc from Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2016  Front Label
        Durbanville Hills Chenin Blanc 2016
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Thierry Germain Saumur Clos du Moulin 2016  Front Label
          Thierry Germain Saumur Clos du Moulin 2016
          Chenin Blanc from Saumur, Loire, France
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        • Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2016  Front Label
          Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2016
          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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          • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2016 Front Label
            Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos Michet 2016
            Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Bretonniere 2016 Front Label
            Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Bretonniere 2016
            Chenin Blanc from France
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            • Florent Cosme Vouvray Sec Coup de Fougue 2016 Front Label
              Florent Cosme Vouvray Sec Coup de Fougue 2016
              Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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            • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
              Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016
              Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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              • Barton & Guestier Vouvray Passeport 2016 Front Label
                Barton & Guestier Vouvray Passeport 2016
                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Domaine des Lauriers Vouvray Demi-Sec 2016
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Joostenberg Die Agteros Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                    Joostenberg Die Agteros Chenin Blanc 2016
                    Chenin Blanc from Paarl, South Africa
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                    • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2016 Front Label
                      Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Remus 2016
                      Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Venise 2016  Front Label
                      Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Vin de France Venise 2016
                      Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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                    • Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2016 Front Label
                      Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2016
                      Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                    • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                      De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016
                      Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                    • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2016  Front Label
                      Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis sur Loire Les Hauts de Husseau 2016
                      Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    • Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos de Mosny 2016 Front Label
                      Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Montlouis Clos de Mosny 2016
                      Chenin Blanc from Montlouis, Touraine, Loire, France
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                      • Ironstone Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                        Ironstone Chenin Blanc 2016
                        Chenin Blanc from Lodi, California
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                      • Habit Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                        Habit Chenin Blanc 2016
                        Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                      • Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Terrages 2016  Front Label
                        Vincent Raimbault Vouvray Demi-Sec Les Terrages 2016
                        Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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                        • Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                          Roark Wine Co. Chenin Blanc 2016
                          Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                          • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                            Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2016
                            Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                          • Kiona Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                            Kiona Chenin Blanc 2016
                            Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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