chenin blanc

noun, often capitalized C&B
che·​nin blanc | \ ˈshe-nən-ˈbläŋk How to pronounce chenin blanc (audio) , shə-naⁿ-ˈbläⁿ \

Definition of chenin blanc

: any of various white wines ranging from dry to sweet made from a grape originally grown in the Loire valley

Examples of chenin blanc in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the irrigation challenges and youth of the vintages produced here (as late as 2014 and 2015), the country still produces a decent amount of chardonnay, shiraz, and chenin blanc, along with small quantities of rose and red wine blends. Love Akinkunle, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2021 Its Minimalist cuvée is made from Paumanok’s oldest chenin blanc vines, planted in 1982 and subjected to minimal winemaking techniques. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Pinot noir, gamay, sangiovese and chenin blanc grapes blend together in a delicious combination. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Just as Lieb Cellars has stuck with pinot blanc despite its relative anonymity, Paumanok has been a chenin blanc partisan regardless of fashion. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 With a climate characterized by dry summers and wet winters, vineyards thrive here, growing cinsaut, merlot, and alicante, along with smaller yields of chenin blanc and chardonnay. Love Akinkunle, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2021 This brisk chenin blanc has aromas of damson plum, cantaloupe, wild chamomile and fresh straw, with flavors of quince, pear, walnuts and honeycomb. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 23 Jan. 2021 This lovely rosé sparkler is a blend of chardonnay, chenin blanc, mauzac (a local white grape) and pinot noir. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2020 South Africa is an excellent source of stunning chenin blanc. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of chenin blanc

1913, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chenin blanc

French, literally, white Chenin (a grape variety)

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The first known use of chenin blanc was in 1913

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15 Jun 2021

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“Chenin blanc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chenin%20blanc. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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