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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, 2013

Vintage
2013
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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Just Nuisance Chenin Blanc Semillon, 2014

Vintage
2014
Apples and limes abound, gloriously drinkable, unpretentious wine. Learn more about Just Nuisance Chenin Blanc Semillon
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Bogle Chenin Blanc Clarksburg California, 2014

Vintage
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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Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, 2013

Vintage
2013
SILVER MEDAL SWA 2015 - Justifiably one of the most expensive and iconic white wines to come out of South Africa, such an intense honeyed Chenin with amazing complexity. Learn more about Ken Forrester FMC Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch
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Domaine de Brizé Saumur Brut, NV

Vintage
NV
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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Heritage Sparkling Brut NV Welmoed , NV

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NV
A brilliant combination of early picked Chenin and Sauvignon to give an uplifting palate and a balanced aftertaste. The perfect party bubbles Learn more about Heritage Sparkling Brut NV Welmoed
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Credo Chenin Blanc, 2010

Vintage
2010
Rich straw colour with a golden tint. Honey, pineapple and treacle on the nose give way to intense butterscotch and tropical flavours on the palate. Beautifully balanced acidity and careful use of French oak complete this wine of rare distinction. Learn more about Credo Chenin Blanc
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Chateau Rives Blanques 'Le Limoux', 2012

Vintage
2012
Made from the three grape varieties of Limoux. Refined, complex and very persistent. Lovely. Learn more about Chateau Rives Blanques 'Le Limoux'
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