Originating in Anjou, Chenin Blanc, also known as Pineau de la Loire, is a white grape variety that produces refined, expressive wines. Well known in its native Loire Valley, this variety has good acidity and is equally at home in warmer climates, becoming increasingly popular in California and South Africa.
Although it remains less popular than Chardonnay or Sauvignon blanc, Chenin Blanc deserves attention for its powerful flavours of fruit (apricot, pear and lemon), honey and white flowers. But the grape’s most interesting characteristic is its ability to create a wide range of different wines.
From sparkling wines to very dry, still wines, from wines with great aging potential to those with very concentrated residual sugars, Chenin Blanc can take on an array of personalities. It should be known as the chameleon grape!
Here we suggest a four-part Chenin Blanc experience along with dishes that marry perfectly with various vintages of this grape from the Loire.