Chenin Blanc Wines

Chenin Blanc Wines

Chenin Blanc Wines

Chenin Blanc is a grape varietal originating from the Loire Valley in France, where it first came to prominence as an excellent white wine centerpiece. Since its appearance, it has become a staple white wine varietal in many New World regions, especially South Africa and Australia. Similarities can be drawn between this magnificent grape and Tempranillo in terms of how they enhance the natural flavor of the terroir and draw a lot of identity from the region that produced them. However, poorly nurtured and neglected Chenin Blanc can end up feeling very bland and lifeless, and these wines end up functioning as landmines on your proverbial path towards discovering great whites.

If the soil contains a lot of clay, and the conditions are good, the resulting wine is beautifully enriched by noble rot and perfect for desserts, once it has enough time to mature and evolve. Meanwhile, more sandy soil compositions create a lighter sort of wine, one that lends itself to faster drinking as it needs less time to properly mature. Flavor-wise, you can expect to detect notes of honey, various aromatic flowers, peaches, and a very unique, minerally baseline that grounds the whole composition and gives it structure.

If you’re looking to explore some beautiful Chenin Blanc wines, we recommend starting with the Loire Valley. If you prefer something sweeter, look for New World blends like the Alheit Magnetic North Chenin Blanc. Whichever one you choose, you will have a cultural experience like no other, as the grape introduces you to subtleties and nuances of its region — a must-have for white wine aficionados.
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  1. 2015 francois pinon vouvray brut non dose Loire (Other)
    2015 Francois Pinon Vouvray Brut Non Dose
    95
    VM
    From 45-year-old vines and aged 3 years on the lees. Earth, smoke, pepper and lime zest on the nose. Piercing and angular on the palate at first, with complex flavors of lime, tang..." Learn More
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  2. 2015 damien laureau savennieres le bel ouvrage Loire (Other)
    2015 Damien Laureau Savennieres le Bel Ouvrage
    96
    DEC
    Intense and focused, mainly from schistous soils, giving the wine a dart-like precision. Fermented and aged in barrel (10% new), yet there’s no sense of oakiness nor creamy o..." Learn More
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    As low as $46.99
  3. 2016 chateau de fosse-seche arcane saumur blanc Loire (Other)
    2016 Chateau De Fosse-Seche Arcane Saumur Blanc
    94
    JG
    (Saumur Blanc “Arcane”- Château de Fosse-Séche) The 2016 Saumur Blanc “Arcane” from Château de Fosse-Séche is an outstanding wine ..." Learn More
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  4. 2018 domaine du closel savennieres clos papillon Loire (Other)
    2018 Domaine du Closel Savennieres Clos Papillon
    95
    DEC
    Drought and scorching heat during the summer marked this very interesting vintage. Bottled in January 2020. A bit of grassiness as well as menthol and mineral-like notes infuse the..." Learn More
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  5. 2019 gen del alma jijiji chenin blanc Argentina White
    2019 Gen del Alma JiJiJi Chenin Blanc
    92
    RP
    The 2019 JI JI JI Chenin Blanc is very different from previous vintages. To start with, the grapes come from their own vineyard planted in 2015 in Gualtallary. The wine has achieve..." Learn More
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