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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Mary Margaret McCamic

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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  • Mandrarossa Santannella Terre Siciliane IGT 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Last night it was Vouvray - although a slightly upscale - though popular - ... ... - ... I am not a fan of Chenin Blanc generally, but it is an everyday wine for many - especially those examples (which can be very good if very dry) from South Africa (known traditionally as Steen).  California jug wine generally has its share of this grape as ... Read More

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  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best boutique wines of California, Washington or Oregon or even fine Champagne every night.  Price is part of the equation, I suppose, but "rightness" or "fit" seems more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux w... Read More

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  • We are enjoying an unusual sunny spell in the Pacific Northwest - but are now ... yesterday I plugged for a Chenin Blanc from Vouvray - an excellent example from Champalo Read More

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  • I find that the presence or absence of sunshine affects my choice of wine.  Sunny days encourage me to select a soft white; a colder, blustery day has me reaching for a hearty red.  Anyone else suffer from weather-affected wine-drinking disorders? Read More

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  • Champalou Vouvray 2015


    This is a classic Chenin Blanc from Touraine (Vouvray) - a wine grape famous since at least the year 1500. It is not bone dry, but in a dry style - still Classique - with apple, lime and dates on the nose; entry is citric, with a touch of rosewater, hence great style and elegance. As fine as it gets for the price. Age-worthy.89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Seigneurie de Balbiac Limoux 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Clos Chapon Vouvray Sec 2016


    Golden in the glass with a floral nose that followed into the palate. Medium weight and finishes nicely. There are other bottling I prefer but this does nicely in a pinch. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • A couple more from Pax Mahle arrived today:L - The 2016 Pax Chenin Blanc Buddha's Dharma Mendocino CountyR - The 2015 Pax Syrah Alder Springs Vineyards Canto Ridge Terraces Medocino County Read More

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  • Finally drank some D&R wines, with some interesting results.L - The D&R ... ... Mendicino County Chenin Blanc - Not as good as the above but worth drinking drinking if you like the style. Peach florals follow to the palate, stone fruits, a touch of minerality, pear, citrus and good acidity. This is fuller than most and probably should have sat... Read More

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  • My favorite Chenin Blanc is FMC from Ken Forrester.

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  • 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!

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