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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 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Clos du Bourg 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Lang & Reed Napa Valley Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
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      Chenin Blanc from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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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
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        • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec 2018  Front Label
          Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Sec 2018
          Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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        • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
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            • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2018  Front Label
              Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2018
              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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