Chenin Blanc Grape Wine

Chenin Blanc Grape Wine

An extremely versatile variety of grape, Chenin Blanc is capable of making dry and crisp white wines that are great as an aperitif, through to medium, unctuous and sweet styles.

Due to the keen and vibrant acidity often found in Chenin Blanc grape, they make brilliant food wines and can stay in good shape for many years after the vintage. The grape seems to thrive best in marginal climates, such as the Loire Valley, and on chalky soils. Along the Loire Valley in Vouvray, Montlouis, Anjou, Bonnezeaux, Quarts de Chaume, and Coteaux  du Layon, Chenin can be hugely complex and of great character. The most amazing quality of Chenin Blanc wines is their longevity. Curiously, they become sweeter rather than drier with age. These are wines that can really benefit from bottle maturation and consequently make really good presents for christening or naming ceremonies! The best Chenin Blanc are some of the wine world's most undervalued treasures.

Less exciting wines are produced elsewhere, in South Africa for example, Chenin Blancs, known locally as Steen, often lack in complexity unless they are made from low-yielding bush bines, or the winemaking is in the capable hands of a conscientious producer. Old vine Chenin can take on another dimension when barrel fermented or aged in oak.

Chenin Blanc wines are made in the Loire, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and California. The sweet wines are found in the Loire and South Africa.

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