Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc
Geography: Home is the Loire Valley in France. Other regions include Argentina, California, Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Viticulture: Sometimes has a problem ripening in the Loire Valley, but recent warm summers and improved viticultural techniques have led to better yields.
Varietal/Blend: Mainly used as a varietal grape.
Flavor & Character: Possesses extraordinary flavor, with contrasts of honey, guava, quince with hints of light floral fruitiness.
Vinification: It may be fermented dry or have some sweetness depending on style.
Style: Strong acidity, well-rounded styles varying from fresh, light unoaked to rich, heavily oaked wines.
Body, Dry/Sweet: Sometimes affected by ”Noble Rot,” and used for making dessert style wines.
Notes: Also known as Pineau de la Loire and Blanc d’Anjou.