Category Archives: Chenin Blanc

2007 Kanu Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch South Africa

kanu_stellenbosch_steenHad this blind last week at the Tilth group. I guessed Old World Chenin Blanc or Pinot Gris. So close. There was a lot of flavor in this inexpensive bottling. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, granny smith apple, honeydew melon, citrus peel, chervil, white flower, funky sea shell, some minerality, and no oak to speak of. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, some tangelo, apple, wet stone minerality, nice floral component, medium+ acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, nice refreshing clean finish. This is a varietal and region that I would like to explore more of.    

2007 Cedergreen Cellars Old Vine Chenin Blanc

Perhaps the most interesting white wine in Washington State. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, funky sea shell character, white flowers, light mineral component, apple, pear, honeydew, not earthy in any way, not oaky either although there is a creaminess. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, a profound orange cream soda quality, impressive floral aromatics, and a nice finish. One of the most complex and interesting whites I’ve had in a while, and under $15.    

2006 Le Haut Lieu Vouvray Sec Loire France

I definitely don’t taste enough Chenin Blanc, certainly not enough to nail a dry one in a blind tasting. I thought this was Chablis, mainly because my nose picked up crushed sea shells, and my brain was trying to prove that it in fact was Chablis. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, very earth aroma, big time sea shell, some blue cheese, apple pear, lime, honeysuckle, lilac, certain minerality, with judicious oak if any. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, the apple and sea shell really shine, balanced wine, with the weight of a cooler region Chardonnay, and a nice clean finish. We should all try more Chenin Blanc.