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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 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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  • Joostenberg J. Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
    Joostenberg J. Chenin Blanc 2016
    Chenin Blanc from Paarl, South Africa
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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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    • Champalou Vouvray 2016 Front Label
      Champalou Vouvray 2016
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, 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 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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          • Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
            Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016
            Chenin Blanc from 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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          • Catherine & Pierre Breton Vouvray La Dilettante 2016 Front Label
            Catherine & Pierre Breton Vouvray La Dilettante 2016
            Chenin Blanc from Loire, France
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            • Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Le Clos de Guichaux Blanc 2016 Front Label
              Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Le Clos de Guichaux Blanc 2016
              Chenin Blanc from Saumur, 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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                • 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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                  • Remy Pannier Vouvray 2016 Front Label
                    Remy Pannier Vouvray 2016
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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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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                    • Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                      Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2016
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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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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                      • Kiona Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                        Kiona Chenin Blanc 2016
                        Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                          Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2016
                          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                        • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                          Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2016
                          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                          • Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                            Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc 2016
                            Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                          • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016 Front Label
                            Indaba Chenin Blanc 2016
                            Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                            • Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2016  Front Label
                              Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2016
                              Chenin Blanc from California
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