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Chenin Blanc

Surely the most chameleon-like of vine varieties. Most wine drinkers encounter Chenin Blanc on the labels of very cheap, sometimes slightly sweetened, everyday varietals from California (usually Central Valley) or South Africa where it is the most planted vine. In these relatively hot wine-producing environments, Chenin Blanc’s ability to hang on to its natural grape acidity is highly prized, and stops these inexpensive, usually rather bland wines tasting flabby.

In its homeland in the middle Loire, Chenin Blanc is also marked by its high acid, which is not necessarily a virtue in cooler years, but gives dry and medium dry (Sec and Demi Sec) white wines from here a much longer life than most. Damp straw, flowers, something vaguely honeyed are the usual distinguishing features.

Chenin Blanc comes into its own, however, in exceptional Loire vintages when seriously high sugars develop in the grapes, particularly when they are concentrated by noble rot. A Vouvray or the best Coteaux du Layon can be an absolute mar­vel of honey, lime and toast which can continue to improve in bottle for decades.

An increasing number of producers in South Africa, New Zealand and California are taking Chenin Blanc seriously for it can also make at­tractively assertive, full-bodied dry wines if the site is right and yields are restricted. It is widely distributed and its reliable acid level is valued as an ingredient in sparkling wines such as Blanquette de Limoux and those of South America, notably Argentina.

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Domaine Didier Champalou, Vouvray Sec, 2011

Vintage
2011
High quality Vouvray showing good fruit on the nose with complex, honeyed palate and dry finish. Learn more about Domaine Didier Champalou, Vouvray Sec

Regular Price: £13.50

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Domaine de Brize Saumur Brut, NV

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NV
Champagne in all but name, a real favourite for those wanting Champers style at half the price. *** 20% OFF TWELVE BOTTLES / 10% OFF SIX BOTTLES ***

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Fairvalley Chenin Blanc, 2012

Vintage
2012
Always a good easy drinking option when you have a number of people to please. Learn more about Fairvalley Chenin Blanc
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Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch, 2013

Vintage
2013
Classy Chenin Blanc with more weight of ripe fruit than you might expect at this price. Learn more about Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch
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Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, 2012

Vintage
2012
Justifiably one of the most expensive white wines to come out of South Africa, such an intense honeyed Chenin with an amazing complexity Learn more about Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch
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Bogle Chenin Blanc Clarksburg California, 2012

Vintage
2012
This aromatic sipper is bursting with flavour. The fruit basket in your glass includes apples and pears, and a touch of apricot on the finish. Learn more about Bogle Chenin Blanc Clarksburg California
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Footprint Chenin Blanc Semillon, 2013

Vintage
2013
Apples and limes abound, gloriously drinkable, unpretentious wine. Learn more about Footprint Chenin Blanc Semillon
£7.75 Add Footprint Chenin Blanc Semillon to Cart Add Footprint Chenin Blanc Semillon to Wishlist
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