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Chenin Blanc: A Wine Lover’s White

Chenin Blanc is a white grape that is best-known for its roots in the Anjou region of France’s Loire Valley. While this grape originated in this slice of western France, it is now found in places as far away as South Africa (where it’s often referred to as Steen), Sonoma, and even Long Island. In fact, New York winery Paumanok Vineyards, on Long Island’s North Fork, is the only winery in the state that grows this exquisite variety. This honeyed expression, which is full of grapefruit and pineapple aromas, is a don’t-miss and is well-suited to anything from striped bass to flounder, cod, and lobster. French Chenin Blanc is its own bag of tricks. Various styles abound, from bone-dry wines from Savennières to sparkling Moëlleux Vouvray to the botrytis-afflicted dessert wines of Anjou’s small, prestigious appellations. Regardless of your personal preference, you’ll always find a wine teeming with aromas of acacia honey, straw, and white flowers. Chenin Blancs, which tend toward the golden-hued, can age incredibly well, especially those that come from Anjou’s finer appellations (Savennières and Vouvray are two heralded appellations worth getting your hands on). But if your taste buds tend toward the New World, don’t ignore the fine South African specimens-or even the delicious Chenins of Sonoma, California, where the grape also abounds. Whether they’re going by Chenin Blanc or Steen, these wines are simultaneously rich and clean, with abundant depth and aroma, making them suitable for nearly every summer meal under the sun.

 
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de Trafford, Chenin Blanc - 2013

White | South Africa, Stellenbosch | (750 )mL
A rather shy Chenin that doesn't give up all its flavors and aromas at once. Pale yellow in the glass, this has aromas of straw, grasses, and smoky minerals that follow through into lush yellow plums and a fine, chiseled structure. Pair with buttery fish dishes or sushi.

Item #27228
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    $29.99
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Leo Steen Chenin Blanc - 2013

White | USA, California | (750 )mL
Orchard fruits layered with honey-cream, zippy acid and juicy peach aromas combine in this luscious chenin. Hints of white jasmine tea and delicate floral notes complete the experience; a versatile white for baked poultry, spicy Asian cuisines and sushi.

Item #26596
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    $19.99
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Coteaux du Layon, Moulin Touchais - 1997

White | France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur | (750 )mL
A wealth of aromas emanate from this still youthful Chenin Blanc.Honeyed beeswax mingle with pineapple and exotic flowers on the nose and palate. Savor the lingering caramel finish with soft blue cheeses or frangipane pastries. Guard in the cellar 25 more years.

Item #20262
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    $54.99
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    $659.88 $593.89
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Vouvray, Champalou - 2013

White | France, Loire, Touraine | (750 )mL
This is technically a dry Vouvray, but it has a hint of incredibly pleasing sweetness. The nose offers classic notes of raw honey, apple, and quince that carry through to the palate. Here is an extremely elegant example of Chenin Blanc that will be at home on its own and also at the table.

Item #21777
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