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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  • L'Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2017

    Snoothrank:

    This Chenin Blanc from old vines in the Columbia Valley (WA) is of very high quality: lightest yellow in the glass, its nose is dominated by wild flower honey, lime and honeysuckle. Entry is smooth, gentle and with a hint of ginger, almond and green fruit or berry. Finish is medium with a touch of sweetness. Note to winemaker: don't pull out t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • DV, Lynn and I managed to take a peek at Vessel this afternoon while cruising ... ...  I picked up a 2017 Chenin Blanc from L'Ecole No. 41, and could have picked up some enticing Pieropan Soave from the most recent vintage.  I was told by the knowledgeable and clubbable attendant that the elder Pieropan passed away just recently, which is a mi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Dirty & Rowdy Mendocino County Chenin Blanc 2018

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    More of a fruity nose on this one. On the tongue, sure enough, a blast of lemon, pineapple. and, then, honeydew melon. As the wine moves back there are mineral sensations, Some serious acid tartness may put off some, but I find it gives the wine impressive freshness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant Brut 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Hi folks!You probably remember me as a guy with fancy pairing choices, so here ... ... of Pinot Gris.I think chenin blanc, cabernet blanc and maybe crispy german riesling should be good as well...Give it a try with different kinds and let us know what you thin Read More

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  • Baumard Coteux du Layon Carte d'Or 2000

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for £9.The ... ... white wines made of the chenin blanc grape [called pineau de Loire in this area] from 27 communes to the south of the town of Angers along the river Layon,a tributary of the Loire.. Domaine Beaumard is a leading producer and this cuvee is made from old vines... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Jasnieres Clos Saint Jacques Domaine Gigou 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk] for ... ... dry white wines made of the chenin blanc grape from two communes,L'homme and Ruille-sur-Loir, in the Loir valley.The Loir [without an 'e'] is a northern tributary of the Loire [with an 'e'] Domaine Gigou is a small family producer in this area.My wine is made fr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Yeah, I know... the Chenin Blanc just "went down good" or something of that nature... but of course, there is nothing wrong with subjectivity that one elaborates upon.  It is a matter of simple convergence: one listens to, reads and reflects upon the commentary of others and learns who shares certain preferences.  Read More

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  • Domaine du Clos des Aumones Vouvray France 'Sec' 2017

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    This is a very good and disarming wine and while I understand the trend towards using steel tanks and looking for a more "authentic" flavor I find my self trending/tending towards a wine that has spent time in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • This isn’t one of those “next great grape!” articles. People ... – Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc – are light and accessible. They are happy hour-friendly wines with a heritage. The days of deeming these wines ‘simple’ or ‘generic’ are over.The more time we spend drinking Loire Valley wines, the deeper we go into its grape catalogue. Enter Gr... Read More

    From the article Ancient wine grape finds a home with millennial drinkers.


  • 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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