The Faces of Chenin
There are few white grapes that are as adaptable, age-worthy, and reflective of terroir as is Chenin Blanc. Perhaps the only other varietal that can be mentioned in the conversation is Riesling. Chenin Blanc makes its home in the Loire Valley, the same region that provides us with the much more recognizable Sauvignon Blancs of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. The best expressions of Chenin Blanc come from Savenierres and Vouvray, and in these regions, there are a variety of different styles being made. This late ripening varietal is made in fully dry, off- dry, and sweet version, as well as still, slightly fizzy, and fully sparkling versions.
The grape develops captivating aromas of yellow apple, and honey, two distinguishing characteristics of the resulting wine, along with high acid, and a wooly, exceptionally pleasing full mouth- feel.
Chenin Blanc, in my eyes, makes some of the best white wines the world has to offer, and in the best expressions of dry Savenierres, from Roche-aux-Moine or Culee de Serrant, can rival great White Burgundies, at a fraction of the cost. Chenin Blanc can aged for years, or even decades with grace and finesse, or be drunk young, captivating you in a completely different way.
Basically, what I am trying to say is… DRINK CHENIN!!!!!