Topic: Grape

Chenin Blanc... 6 Things To Know {pro/ shen-in-blonk}

by Alex

 

Find out why this lesser-known white grape variety is definitely worth a try, particularly with food.

What is it famous for?

Featuring a variety of styles, from bone-dry and steely to luscious sweet, Chenin Blanc also ages amazingly well. Domaine Huet in the French village of Vouvray {pro/ voov-ray} is perhaps at the pinnacle of semi-sweet production.

Its “spiritual” home is the Old World in France’s Loire Valley.

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Where does it grow?

Its “spiritual” home is the Old World in France’s Loire Valley in villages such as Savennières and Bonnezeaux. But it is now very well-known in South Africa where it is also called Steen.

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What does it taste like?

Oaked or unoaked but always with a core of steely acidity; and either quite crunchy like green apple through to citrus or more tropical flavours.

 

Tastes great with:

It is a massively food-friendly wine but particularly delicious with pork chops and apple sauce.

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