The wonderful potential of Chenin Blanc
Chenin is undoubtedly one of the most versatile grape varieties. It produces wines of all styles: from the driest to the sweetest, including semi-dry and sparkling wines.
From the Coteaux du Layon, an exceptionally favorable terroir for botrytized sweet wines, to the dry, dense and rich wines of Savennières, to the lively and tender wines of Vouvray and Montlouis, the expressions of Chenin in the Loire are numerous.
But the best, at all prices and in all styles, show a remarkable balance between juicy fruit, complex aromas, freshness and minerality.
This is reminiscent of Riesling, with which Chenin shares many of the same characteristics.
Vigorous and endowed with a thick skin that protects it from spring frosts and grey rot to which it is sensitive, especially in the Loire Valley, Chenin produces from reasonable yields, often lower than average, sweet juices, rich in acidity and which consequently have an excellent potential for aging, whether the wine is dry or sweet such as the mellow and sweet wines.