chenin blanc

noun, often capitalized C&B
che·nin blanc | \ ˈshe-nən-ˈbläŋk , 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

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Sancerre is another Loire Valley sauvignon blanc style, but that word is sneakily similar to Sauternes (the sublime, unfortified sweet wine from Bordeaux) and Savennieres (nested in Vouvray and made with chenin blanc). Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "A lesson on wine terms that will go down easy," 13 June 2018 The wines include an unusually light and creamy chenin blanc, a slightly effervescent vinho verde-style blanc du bois and verdelho blend and a classically Old World-style tempranillo with just a hint of vanilla. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The top 10 Hill Country Wineries," 4 June 2018 The wines include an unusually light and creamy chenin blanc, a slightly effervescent vinho verde-style blanc du bois and verdelho blend and a classically Old World-style tempranillo with just a hint of vanilla. San Antonio Express-News, "Lewis Wines," 8 Mar. 2018 In the Loire, that means chenin blanc; in Alsace, pinot blanc, as well as auxerrois; and in Savoie, jacquere and altesse. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Forget Prosecco: French Crémants Should Be Your Champagne Alternative," 21 Feb. 2018 So no need to label the Chablis as chardonnay and the Vouvray as chenin blanc. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Don’t Judge a Wine by the Grape on Its Label," 1 Feb. 2018 But the wines taste very different because the primary grape for white is chenin blanc; for rosé, it’s cabernet franc. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Forget Prosecco: French Crémants Should Be Your Champagne Alternative," 21 Feb. 2018 This blend of chenin blanc and chardonnay is luscious and bright, with aromas of white flowers and a mineral, zingy taste. Elin Mccoy, Bloomberg.com, "Forget Prosecco: French Crémants Should Be Your Champagne Alternative," 21 Feb. 2018 Or a New World exotic like that South African clairette blanche from Craven, or the tropical tones of a Mendocino chenin blanc from Pax?). Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Walnut Street Cafe a potential game-changer," 9 Dec. 2017

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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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