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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 Spring 2018 Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Indaba Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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    • Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
      Graham Beck Game Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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      • Domaine Vaufuget Vouvray 2018 Front Label
        Domaine Vaufuget Vouvray 2018
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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        • Habit Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          Habit Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Marc Bredif Vouvray 2018  Front Label
          Marc Bredif Vouvray 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Lang & Reed Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          Lang & Reed Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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        • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
          Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2018
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2018  Front Label
            Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2018
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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          • Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2018  Front Label
            Chateau de Montfort Vouvray 2018
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
              Fleur du Cap Chenin Blanc 2018
              Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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              • Remy Pannier Vouvray 2018  Front Label
                Remy Pannier Vouvray 2018
                Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                • Champalou Vouvray La Cuvee des Fondraux 2018  Front Label
                  Champalou Vouvray La Cuvee des Fondraux 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                  • Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                    Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc 2018
                    Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
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                    • Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                      Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc 2018
                      Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2018 Front Label
                        Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec 2018
                        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                      • Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                        Black Pearl Chenin Blanc 2018
                        Chenin Blanc from Paarl, South Africa
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                        • Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                          Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2018
                          Chenin Blanc from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                        • De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                          De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2018
                          Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (OU Kosher) 2018
                            Chenin Blanc from California
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                            • Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2018  Front Label
                              Clos du Gaimont Vouvray 2018
                              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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