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. 1990 francois pinon vouvray goutte dor Loire (Other)
    1990 Francois Pinon Vouvray Goutte d'Or
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    (Vouvray “la Goutte d’Or”- Domaine François Pinon) I had never previously tasted the 1990 Vouvray “la Goutte d’Or” from Domaine Fran&cced..." Learn More
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    2015 Damien Laureau Savennieres le Bel Ouvrage
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    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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  3. 2017 francois pinon vouvray brut Sparkling
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    (Vouvray Brut- Domaine François et Julien Pinon) Though the Pinon family makes both a Brut and a Non-Dosé bottling of Vouvray Pétillant, and the wines hail fro..." Learn More
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  4. 2018 domaine du closel savennieres clos papillon Loire (Other)
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    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 domaine filliatreau saumur blanc lena filliatreau Loire White
    2019 Domaine Filliatreau Saumur Blanc Lena Filliatreau
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    (Saumur Blanc- Lena Filliatreau) The Filliatreau’s chenin blanc vines hail from a two hectare parcel planted in the town of Brézé. The wine is fermented with in..." Learn More
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  6. 2019 nicolas joly clos de la coulee de serrant Loire (Other)
    2019 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulee de Serrant
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    The fruit in the 2019 Coulée de Serrant is so superlative that it ought to get a perfect 100. However, something happened between the vine and the glass that has made it a b..." Learn More
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    2020 Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec
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    This broad, striking white is elegant and rich with complexity, featuring green melon, yellow fig, ginger and verbena notes, underscored with heather, stone, flint and spice detail..." Learn More
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    2020 Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux
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    (Vouvray “Le Haut Lieu” Moelleux- Domaine Huët) Domaine Huët’s 2020 Moelleux bottling from the Le Haut Lieu vineyard is an absolutely stunning wine in t..." Learn More
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  10. 2020 mary taylor pascal biotteau anjou blanc Loire White
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