Chenin Blanc Wines
Chenin Blanc WinesChenin 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.
1990 Francois Pinon Vouvray Goutte d'Or - 750 ml97JGAvailability: In Stock...this has to be one of my absolutely favorite wines from the vintage!... this has more of a 1989 character than a 1990 one, which is as high a praise as I can come up with for Vouvray, as 1989 is unequivocally my favorite vintage in the T..." Learn More- 750 ml$119.00
2013 Loic Mahe Savennieres Chateau La Franchaie - 750 ml93WEAvailability: In StockWith its honeyed character, this wine seems initially sweet. Then the crisp acidity and mineral texture come to the fore to give a well-balanced wine. Produced from biodynamically grown grapes, the wine is deliciously crisp, with apple frui..." Learn More- 750 ml$18.99
2016 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Premier Trie - 750 ml97RPAvailability: In StockThe 2016 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie opens with a very clear, deep and flinty/herbal bouquet of ripe concentrated stone fruits intermixed with chalky/smoky aromas, very complex and truly exciting! Light, fresh and tensione..." Learn More- 750 ml$67.95
2018 Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Premier Trie - 750 ml97JGAvailability: In Stock...The bouquet is pure, precise and very, very promising, offering up scents of sweet
quince, yellow plum, a touch of pineapple, bee pollen, incipient honey, gorgeous, limestone
minerality and a lovely potpourri of fruit blossoms in..." Learn More- 750 ml$59.99
2018 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec - 750 ml95WSAvailability: In StockThis elegant white shows pedigree, featuring wonderful harmony and great complexity, with persimmon and quince flavors, while cardamom, coriander and star anise notes glide along the edges. The acidity gives this power, providing balance, b..." Learn More- 750 ml$39.99
2019 Gen del Alma JiJiJi Chenin Blanc - 750 ml92RPAvailability: In Stock...he wine has a bright golden color, a varietal nose with good ripeness and still the electric and vibrant palate that has always been the trademark of this wine. It feels like the teenager has matured and is now a full-grown adult...
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