Chenin Blanc, France

Chenin Blanc is an important white grape variety planted in the Anjou-Saumur and Touraine regions of the Loire Valley. In Australia, it is popular in Western Australia especially within the Swan Valley and Peel regions near Perth. Where they produce beautiful floral, tropical aromas, that are designed to drink young and fresh.

Its home in France is the Loire, where outstanding dry, sweet and sparkling wines are produced. The famous wines of Vouvray, Savenniéres, Samour and Coteaux du Layon are all made from Chenin Blanc. The best Loire Chenin Blancs have concentrated rich, honeyed fruit, together with refreshingly vibrant acidity.

Called Steen in South Africa, it is the most widely planted variety. The best examples come from Stellenbosch where it can also be oak aged to create a full-bodied style. The best producers keep their yields down, producing impressive wines. Chenin Blanc is also used as a cheap blending option with Chardonnay, Colombard, and Muscat.
Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
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  1. Monmousseau Brut Etoile Nv
    "A great value for a summer party" - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast Magazine 70% Chenin blanc, 30% Chardonnay. Aged for 18 months on lees, this method traditional sparkling shows excellent finesse of mousse and purity of fruit with pear, almond and fig notes. ... Learn More
  2. Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic 2020
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
  3. Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic 2019
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
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  4. Marc Bredif Vouvray Classic 2018
    A brilliant pale gold colour. A fine bouquet full of the aromas of white flowers and yellow fruit (Pear William). One finds citrus notes on breathing (grapefruit). The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes ... Learn More
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  5. Domaine Pichot Vouvray Demi Sec 'Clos Berger' 2018
    The Pichot family is one of the oldest in Vouvray with origins as restaurateurs going back to 1739 later followed by the purchase of the superb Coteau de la Biche vineyards in 1770 establishing them as growers to help supply the restaurant. ... Learn More
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  6. Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut Lieu 2016 375ml bottle
    Widely considered to be the single greatest Vouvray domaine and one of the foremost white wine producers in the world today, Domaine Huet should require little introduction. Domaine Huet was founded in 1928 by Victor Huet, however, it was his son, ... Learn More
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  7. Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant 2014
    Only the best grower Champagnes produce sparkling wines with the kind of interest, sense of place and attention to detail offered by this wine. Bottled at a low pressure of 2.5 atmospheres, (most Champagnes are between five and six), this wine ... Learn More
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  8. Domaine Belargus Anjou Noir 2019
    A regional cuvée that provides the gateway to the Belargus universe. This wine exhibits alluring aromas of dried leaves and citrus. The palate is seductively built with flavours of savoury spices, dried leaves, and tart citrus. ... Learn More
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  9. Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut Lieu 2016
    Widely considered to be the single greatest Vouvray domaine and one of the foremost white wine producers in the world today, Domaine Huet should require little introduction. Domaine Huet was founded in 1928 by Victor Huet, however, it was his son, ... Learn More
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  10. Domaine Belargus Coteau du Layon 2018
    This cuvée results from a blend of the Domaine's plots bordering the Layon. The aromas are characterised by balance and great freshness, carried by notes of fresh apricots and citrus. The palate, suave and enveloping, is supported by a ... Learn More
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  11. Domaine Belargus Anjou “Ronceray” 2018 (from Quarts-de-Chaume)
    This cuvée comes from a blend of all the plots of the Domaine on the Quarts-de-Chaume rump. Its name refers to the abbey of the same name, owner of the Chaume vineyards since the 11th century. Chenin blanc at ... Learn More
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  12. Domaine Huet 'Le Clos Du Bourg' Demi Sec Vouvray 2016
    Le Mont provides the perfect middle ground between Le Haut-Lieu and Clos du Bourg in this vintage. A complex nose with scents of pineapple, soil tones, honeycomb, and a touch of tangerine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied ... Learn More
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  13. Domaine Belargus Savennières “Gaudrets” 2018
    Coming from a set of plots located high up in the village of Savennières, on a plateau of aeolian sands and deep black schists, the “Gaudrets” cuvée embodies the typical profile of Savennières wines. This cuvée ... Learn More
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  14. Domaine Huet 'Le Clos Du Bourg' Demi Sec Vouvray 2017
    Le Mont provides the perfect middle ground between Le Haut-Lieu and Clos du Bourg in this vintage. A complex nose with scents of pineapple, soil tones, honeycomb, and a touch of tangerine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied ... Learn More
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  15. ONLINE TASTING PACK - LOIRE VALLEY DEEP DIVE THURSDAY 13TH MAY 6:30PM AEST

    Loire Valley, an important wine region in France but we don't see enough of it here in Australia. We believe these wines suit our climate and lifestyle exceptionally well and so we're going to explore this region and the ... Learn More

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  16. Marc Bredif Vouvray 'Grande Annee' 1989
    With its majestic cellars in the heart of the Touraine, Marc Brédif has been one of the most famous Vouvray and Chinon houses since 1893. When Baron de Ladoucette took over the house in 1980, he breathed new life into the ... Learn More
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  17. Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Premier Trie 2015
    Domaine Huet is one of the most famous and respected producers in Vouvray. "highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine with a persistent ... Learn More
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  18. Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont 2009 (Museum Release)
    Domaine Huet is one of the most famous and respected producers in Vouvray. This is a special Museum release imported direct from the winery. "This is an age-worthy Chenin that is only slowly starting to unfold its charms. 95+ points Robert ... Learn More
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  19. Domaine Belargus Anjou “Quarts” 2018  (from Quarts-de-Chaume)
    Coming from a terroir producing world-renowned sweet wines, the Quarts-de-Chaume Grand Cru appellation area also give birth to great dry wines. The schists terroir gives this wine a typical straightness and tension. With a golden colour, Quarts opens on yellow ... Learn More
  20. Domaine Belargus Anjou “Rouères” 2018  (from Quarts-de-Chaume)
    “Les Rouères” is one of the three plots listed in the original decree creating the Quarts-de-Chaume appellation, on the eastern side. Rouères is somehow the opposite of his next-plot "neighbour" Quarts. The warm, pudding sandstone soil gives this ... Learn More
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  21. Domaine Belargus Savennières “Ruchères” 2018
    Located at the bottom of La Roche-aux-Moines, the “Clos des Ruchères” (Monopole) rests on a slope of purple schists, covered with a very thin layer of soil of only twenty centimetres. Fluorescent aromas of white flowers, hazelnuts and ripe ... Learn More
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  22. Domaine Belargus Savennières “Ruchères” 2018 1500ml
    Located at the bottom of La Roche-aux-Moines, the “Clos des Ruchères” (Monopole) rests on a slope of purple schists, covered with a very thin layer of soil of only twenty centimetres. Fluorescent aromas of white flowers, hazelnuts and ripe ... Learn More
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