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Chenin Blanc

Grape Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile: Chenin Blanc is a classic white-skinned grape variety with a characteristic honeyed, ripe-fruit aroma and a taste profile that is typically crisp and fruity. It is especially known for its high acidity. Wine styles can range from dry to sweet depending on the area in which it is grown.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Fresh Chenin Blanc grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Chenin Blanc is most commonly associated with the Loire Valley in France, where it is the most widely planted grape variety next to Sauvignon blanc. It is also grown in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, the United States, and other countries. Chenin Blanc is a hardy variety that is able to produce good yields with careful viticultural practices. It is typically vinified in stainless steel tanks but can be barrel-aged as well. Chenin Blanc-based wines from the Loire Valley tend to be dry, but also noble sweet wines are produced from this variety. In South Africa, where Chenin blanc is locally known as "Steen", wines are usually dry and the base for many sparkling wines. Chenin Blanc pairs well with a variety of dishes, especially seafood and poultry. Its higher acidity also makes it a great choice for fatty foods and cheese.

Foods to pair with Chenin Blanc:

Pasta
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is believed to be one of the oldest grape varieties in France, with some records indicating it was grown in the Loire Valley as early as the 9th century.

Top Wines with Chenin Blanc

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Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut

Langlois-Chateau

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Langlois-Chateau Crémant de Loire Brut is a delightful sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of the Loire Valley. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Crémant de Loire, this wine is produced by Langlois-Chateau, a respected winery with a rich history. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the Loire Valley's unique terroir, characterized by limestone and clay soils. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including a second fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine bubbles and a creamy texture. This Brut style wine offers a harmonious balance of freshness and elegance, with vibrant fruit flavors and a crisp, dry finish. Perfect for celebrating special moments or simply enjoying as an aperitif.
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Cheese
Seafood
Dessert
Tuna And Swordfish
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Gratien & Meyer Crémant de Loire Brut

Gratien & Meyer

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Gratien & Meyer Crémant de Loire Brut is a delightful sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of the producer in the Loire Valley. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Crémant de Loire, this wine is made from carefully selected grapes grown in the region's exceptional vineyards. The vineyard features include a combination of limestone and clay soils, which contribute to the wine's unique character. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including a second fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine bubbles and a creamy texture. This Crémant de Loire Brut offers a refreshing and elegant style, with vibrant fruit flavors and a crisp, dry finish. Perfect for any celebration or as an aperitif, it is a true expression of the Loire Valley's sparkling wine expertise.
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Cheese
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Tuna And Swordfish
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Potato
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Bouvet-Ladubay Excellence Brut Crémant de Loire

Bouvet-Ladubay

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Bouvet-Ladubay Excellence Brut Crémant de Loire is a sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of the renowned Bouvet-Ladubay winery. Crafted in the Loire Valley, this wine is made from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay grapes, which are exceptional for making sparkling wines. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the unique terroir of the region. The grapes benefit from the cool climate which preserves the acidity. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including a second fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine bubbles and a delicate mousse. This Brut Crémant de Loire offers a crisp and refreshing style, with vibrant acidity and notes of citrus and green apple, making it a perfect choice for celebratory occasions or as an aperitif.
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Seafood
Salad
Shellfish
Shrimp
Tuna And Swordfish
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La Taille Aux Loups Triple Zéro

La Taille Aux Loups

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La Taille Aux Loups Triple Zéro is a remarkable wine that hails from the Loire Valley in France. This wine is produced in the appellation of Montlouis-sur-Loire, known for its exceptional Chenin Blanc grapes. The vineyard features old vines that are meticulously cared for, resulting in grapes of exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves natural fermentation and aging in oak barrels, which adds complexity and depth to the wine. La Taille Aux Loups Triple Zéro is characterized by its vibrant acidity, elegant minerality, and a beautiful balance between fruitiness and freshness.
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Tuna And Swordfish
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Salad
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De Chanceny Crémant de Loire Brut

De Chanceny

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De Chanceny Crémant de Loire Brut is a delightful sparkling wine that hails from the Loire Valley in France. Crafted with precision and expertise, this wine showcases the region's renowned winemaking traditions. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from the Loire Valley's unique terroir, characterized by its limestone-rich soils and cool climate. These conditions contribute to the wine's vibrant acidity and elegant flavors. Made using the traditional method, this Crémant de Loire Brut undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine bubbles and a creamy texture. With its crisp and refreshing style, this sparkling wine is perfect for celebrating special moments or simply enjoying as an aperitif.
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Cheese
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