Chenin Blanc Facts
Depending on style -- salads, goat cheese, pate, foie gras
Recommended Growing Regions:
Central Loire Valley (France), South Africa
From crisp, acidic and dry to acidic, staggeringly rich, and sweet
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Chenin Blancs in both dry and sweet styles are noted for their longevity -- especially those from Vouvray. The very sweetest bottlings from Chenin Blanc are among the longest-lived nonfortified wines in the world. Note that, compared to Sauternes for example, sweet wines from the Loire Valley are lower in alcohol, higher in acidity, and dominated by the aromas and flavors of fruit rather than oak barrels.