Chenin Blanc

Common synonyms: Pineau de la Loire, Chenere, Pinot Blanco (South America), Steen (South Africa), Fransdurif (Dutch)

Parentage of the grape: indigenous to the Loire Valley, France, perhaps related to Pineau d’Aunis (Chenin Noir)
 
History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since the 9th century. Its origins are believed to be in Anjou, then it made its way to Tauraine (planted by Lord Chenonceaux, perhaps hence its name), and other parts of the Loire by the 15th century, and then into the Rhone. In the mid 1650s, Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company brought vines to the Cape colony of South Africa. It was given the local name “Steen” after a history of mislabeling that plays out like a game of Telephone gone wrong: “Listan” which morphed into “La Stan” and then “De Steen.” Listan is Dutch name for a grape, yes, but the Palomino of Spain. What they in fact had Read more »

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Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

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  • Mooiplaas Chenin Blanc Bush Vines Stellenbosch 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Racine Cremant de Limoux Brut

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    Crisp green apple and creamy almond notes with oat straw and lemon notes on the nose. Lively and zesty in the mouth with tart lemon and juicy melon, a bit leesy and creamy on the mid palate and throughout with green apple and pear fruit coming through towards the oaky finish of tangerine and grapefruit. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc Clarksburg 2015

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    Peach and green apple aromas with strong lemon notes. A touch of soft fruit notes of melon and citrus, a hint of spice and tart acidity and some cheese curd and wildflower honey notes adding depth and complexity. Easy drinking and pleasant, crisp and bright. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Vintage Rose Brut Cremant de Limoux 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Aux Moines Savennières Roche Aux Moines 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website ... sweet and dry,made of the chenin blanc grape,from three communes on the north bank of the Loire around the village of that name just west of the town of Angers. Domaine aux Moines is a well known estate of the appellation.I started my bottle last night with a plate of bread and cheese.It... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Plantagenets Chenin Blanc 2016

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    Binny's 04/18. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Vertobe, welcome.South Africa has a lot of quite decent sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc, and I tend to go for them before wines made from similar grapes in New Zealand. Great QPR for such whites from several producers. You should try other labels, as well, as you can find them. Look forward to hearing more about your South African (or other) wi... Read More

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  • I recently bought this one: ... in it. Made from 100% Chenin Blanc in the Western Cape. Buiten Gewoon also has a red wine, I'll try that one next Read More

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  • A chef recently challenged me to match a wine with Bakewell Tarts, one of ... ... also very close to my heart. Chenin Blanc’s one of my favourite grape varieties and so, for me, the combination of Bakewell Tarts, Manchester, South Africa and Chenin Blanc really hits the spot.  With the Bakewells I opted for a dry but fruity South African Bush ... Read More

    From the article Drink The Old Vines of South Africa


  • Mbali Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2017

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    Great wine. Lasted one week in the fridge. Crisp. Screwtop. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • My favorite Chenin Blanc is FMC from Ken Forrester.

    Comment by 809697mjvieira 809697 mjvieira


  • You will not believe your luck- if you get the chance to taste Springfontein Jil's dune chenin blanc-It satisfies at all levels -enough said-try it! Oh yes, it is from Cape Province, SouthAfrica.

    Comment by 86215dickjan 86215 dickjan


  • Chenin Blanc 2000 from Arciero, has a blosomy yet worse. Vomit Blasting Effect on my mature palet! Yuccckkk!!!

    Comment by 598477pavement 598477 pavement


  • Is arciero winery still producing chennnnin blanc with the archer on the lable

    Comment by 442369anbhansen 442369 anbhansen


  • Recently introduced to Simonsig Chenin Blanc, really taken with it. So much so, that I have shared with friends. And, have friends who visited the winery. So fun!

    Comment by 258665photojoy 258665 photojoy


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