Le chenin the essential white grape variety
Chenin, also known as Pinot de la Loire, is the flagship grape variety of the Loire Valley. It is thought to have originated in Anjou, where it was cultivated by the monks of the Saint-Maur abbey located between Angers and Saumur from the 6th century.
Chenin is a great white grape variety particularly suited to the limestone soils called tufa stones, which were used to build the Loire castles. Its bunches are of medium size, fairly compact and its berries more or less small. It is an early grape variety, which resists well to diseases. Chenin has the particularity of being able to participate in the elaboration of dry white wines as well as sweet white wines or sparkling wines.
As you can see, the versatility of Chenin Blanc is its charm. It is capable of the best, in all categories of Loire wines!
It is magical in sweet wines, between smoothness and nervousness, thanks to its ability to develop noble rot.
In dry white wines, it respects the vintages and magnifies the schist terroirs of AOP Savennières, the clay-limestone soils of Saumur and Touraine...
In the rest of the world, it is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in South Africa with 30% of the vineyard, while it is well represented in California, Australia and New Zealand.
You will find in our catalogue all our carefully selected chenins, from the great AOCs of the Loire Valley but also from the countries of the new world.