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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. 2017 Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Silex

    2017 Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Silex

    91 Points John Caro
    This favourite 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 say in ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  2. 2017 Libiamo Amphora Chenin Blanc (On-Skins)

    2017 Libiamo Amphora Chenin Blanc (On-Skins)

    Natural
    90 Points Richard Caro
    A surprisingly poised and defined Chenin Blanc in a natural wine, on-skins method. Famous for Chenin, James Millton fermented this in amphora then let it steep for 200 days before it was pressed ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  3. 2005 Marc Bredif Vouvray

    2005 Marc Bredif Vouvray

    While Stocks Last
    5 Stars John Caro
    A superb price for the 2005 vintage! From an "outstanding" year in the Loire, this 13-year-old beauty has been specially held back -- as per Bredif tradition -- to be aged deep in the ancient ...
    $55.99 in mixed 6+ or $62.99 per bottle

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