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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is strangely not common in New Zealand, but is deceptively so worldwide. California and South Africa make fine examples but also use it for volume: plantings in each exceed its homeland, France. At home in the cool Loire Valley, Chenin grows near sibling-grape Sauvignon Blanc to make many important, mineral styles: from super-value Methode Traditionelle to complex, fleshy whites like Saumur and Vouvray to rich dessert wines like Bonnezeaux. Chenin is loved by exclusive dessert winemakers for the same reason it is by mass producers of still whites in sun-baked California: for its ability, like Riesling, to retain acid when very ripe. A versatile and impressive variety, top Chenins age for a century while basic ones never fail to please with seafood and white meats.

Chenin Blanc

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  1. 2016 Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Silex

    2016 Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Silex

    91 Points John Caro
    This favourite of ours is what Vouvray is all about – a wine of contradictions it is fresh, dry and steely-mineral yet with a nice plump texture, rounded and nuanced. Or 'gently dry' as they ...
    $28.99 in mixed 6+ or $32.99 per bottle
  2. 1999 Marc Bredif  Vouvray

    1999 Marc Bredif Vouvray

    95 Points John Caro
    Yes, 1999 vintage! A show of how balanced Marc Bredif Vouvrays are, this complex drop has been aged in Chateau until good and ready to show its very best. Every good year, large stocks are kept ...
    $61.99 in mixed 6+ or $68.99 per bottle

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