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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 Sec Le Haut Lieu 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut Lieu 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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  • Champalou Vouvray 2019  Front Label
    Champalou Vouvray 2019
    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2020  Front Label
      Domaine Huet Vouvray Haut Lieu Demi-Sec 2020
      Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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    • Gabrielskloof Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
      Gabrielskloof Chenin Blanc 2019
      Chenin Blanc from Walker Bay, South Africa
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      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2020  Front Label
        Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec 2020
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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      • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Le Mont 2020  Front Label
        Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Le Mont 2020
        Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
        • RP98
        • WS97
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      • MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
        MAN Family Wines Chenin Blanc 2020
        Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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        • Aperture Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
          Aperture Chenin Blanc 2020
          Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
          • JS93
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        • Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
          Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019
          Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
          • WW89
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        • Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
          Beaumont Chenin Blanc 2020
          Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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          • Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
            Tania et Vincent Careme Terre Brulee Chenin Blanc 2020
            Chenin Blanc from Swartland, South Africa
            • WS90
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          • Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2020  Front Label
            Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec 2020
            Chenin Blanc from Touraine, Loire, France
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            • WS95
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          • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2019  Front Label
            Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Spring 2019
            Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
            • W&S91
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          • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2019  Front Label
            Nicolas Joly Savennieres Les Vieux Clos 2019
            Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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            • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
              Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc 2020
              Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
              • TP92
              • WW91
              • WE90
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            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 2020  Front Label
              Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 2020
              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Haut Lieu 2020  Front Label
              Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premier Trie Haut Lieu 2020
              Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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            • Domaine Belargus Ronceray Blanc 2018  Front Label
              Domaine Belargus Ronceray Blanc 2018
              Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
              • RP94
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            • The Terraces Chenin Blanc 2019  Front Label
              The Terraces Chenin Blanc 2019
              Chenin Blanc from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
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              • Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2020
                Chenin Blanc from South Africa
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                • Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
                  Lieu Dit Chenin Blanc 2018
                  Chenin Blanc from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2019  Front Label
                  Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2019
                  Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                  • Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017  Front Label
                    Domaine Vincent Careme Vouvray Le Clos 2017
                    Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Touraine, Loire, France
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                    Nicolas Joly Savennieres Clos de La Bergerie 2018
                    Chenin Blanc from Anjou, Loire, France
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                  • Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2020  Front Label
                    Mullineux Family Wines Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2020
                    Chenin Blanc from South Africa
                    • V89
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