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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, 2014

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2014
High quality Vouvray showing good fruit on the nose with complex, honeyed palate and dry finish. Learn more about Domaine Didier Champalou, Vouvray Sec

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Bogle Chenin Blanc Clarksburg California, 2014

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2014
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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Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut, NV

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Champagne in all but name, a real favourite for those wanting Champers style at half the price. Learn more about Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut

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Les 4 Vents, Coteaux du Layon, 2014

Vintage
2014
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Delicious aromas and taste of glazed fruits, pears and subtle notes of quince, with a fresh and vibrant finish.

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Pithon-Paillé Coteaux des Treilles, Anjou, 2013

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2013
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Fantastic abundance of fresh green fruits with lovely balancing acidity to create a bright and fresh wine full of minerality. Perfect with fish, poultry and veal.

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Portfolio Tasting Best Sellers - 12 Bottles

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Following the rip-roaring success of our annual Portfolio Tasting we have rounded up the most popular, best-selling wines and put them into a terrific mixed case.

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