Cards of Wine

Dry Chenin Blanc (France)

Chenin Blanc is used to make everything, from dry sparkling wines to sweet dessert wines.

Profile

Dry Chenin Blanc is known for its high acidity:

Body
Sweetness
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Apple. Pear.
Guava. Pineapple.
Mineral.

Food Pairing

Plain Fish.
Plain Chicken.
Salad.

Serving temperatures:
Off-Dry 6-8°C (43-46°F)
Dry 8-10°C (46-50°F)

Chenin Blanc Styles

Chenin Blanc is a terroir-reflective grapes with a rather neutral flavor profile.

Soil (terroir), climate, old vives, and winemaking technices can be much reflected in the wine.

The high acidity allows Chenin Blanc to produce a variety of wine types.

In France, Chenin Blanc produces wines with high acidity, and flavors of Apple and Pear. In warmer climates, Chenin Blanc produces more tropical aromas like Guava and Pinapple.

In Loire, early harvested grapes are used to create the sparkling Crémant de Loire.

Late-harvested Chenin Blanc, infected with noble rot, is used to produce dessert wines with well balanced aromas of Peach, Honey, and Marzipan.

Chenin Blanc in Europe

France

Loire is the French wine region most closely associated with Chenin Blanc.

Chenin Blanc in the New World

Chenin Blanc is commonly found in South-Africa, USA, Australia, and New Zealand.