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Neal Martin writes: "Adi Badenhorst is the charismatic winemaker who alongside Eben Sadie has put Swartland on the map. Outspoken, opinionated and talented, his charisma rubs off upon the wines he creates. Moreover, they are available at extremely affordable prices and serve as a perfect introduction to the delights of Adi’s and Swartland’s wines."
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90 points Wine Spectator: "This features a seductive texture that coats the palate, offering an intriguing mineral grip that supports notes of yellow plum and melon at the core, with spice and floral accents gliding along the edges. Delivers a long, inviting finish. Chenin Blanc. Drink now through 2029. " (05/2020)
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93 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc is one of the most expressive wines in the Lieu Dit range. Perfumed, generous and inviting, the 2017 has so much to offer. The Chenin emerges from Happy Canyon Vineyard, where the first Chenin was planted in an appellation that is better known for its Bordeaux varieties. Justin Willett fermented the 2017 in stainless steel and aged the wine in neutral oak. (AG)" (09/2018) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc features scents of baker's yeast, cheese rind, toast, candle wax and smoke/gun...
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At this beautiful little organic domaine in Vouvray, all the wines are made from 100% Chenin Blanc but vary in degrees of sweetness depending on where the grapes are harvested from. Planted in the sandy clay soils over tuffeau (that magical chalky soil of the Loire), these wines show the range of the quality that can be found in Vouvray for a mere pittance.
Price: $14.99

Vinous: "The 2019 Secateurs, Badenhorst’s super-successful entry-level label, comes from 26 Swartland vineyards and is matured in a combination of concrete and foudres. The nose grabs you by the olfactory senses with pineapple, saffron and tangerine aromas. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, nice focus and good weight on the simple but crisp lime and pineapple finish. Delicious and a great value to boot. (NM)" (11/2019) Wine Spectator: "A floral version, with daisy and dandelion notes around the core of nectarine flavors. This is ...
Price: $14.99

Connoisseurs Guide: "Pine Ridge’s winning white-blend recipe for Chenin Blanc and Viognier is on full display again in 2019, and, as in the past, the latest is an insistently fruity, lightly sweet wine whose buoyant, mildly melony traits are graced by touches of honey and flowers. It will be equally appealing as a warm-weather refresher when sipped on its own or as a sidekick to the likes of cracked crab, and it continues to claim a prominent place on our list of very good white wine values. *Good Value*" (09/2020) Wine Enthusiast: "This medium-bodied ...
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93 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a south-facing vineyard, this sumptuous, floral wine offers ripe tropical fruits and balanced acidity. The mineral edge shows through in a wine that is beautifully textured. (RV)" (07/2020) K&L Notes: In 2000, Loic Mahe revived and replanted his first vineyard in Savennieres. Loving the primarily schist (shale) soils and how they express Chenin Blanc, Loic eventually cobbled together several other sites within the appellation and nearby Anjou. Certified organic and working biodynamically, he uses all native yeasts and...
Price: $24.99

92 points Wine & Spirits: "East of the Cape, Robertson is a town in the Breede River Valley where this chenin ripened to juicy honeydew melon and spiced pear flavors. There’s a line of lemony acidity to highlight the fruit sweetness, a match for turkey and stuffing with raisins. " (02/2020)
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97 points Wine Enthusiast: "Gorgeously textured, swinging between unctuousness and freshness, this is asoulful wine from New Zealand’s godfather of biodynamics, James Millton. Millton’s reputation for Chenin Blanc is equally mighty, and this honeyhued beauty lives up to it in every way. Highly aromatic, like a flower garden, with heady scents of jasmine, hyacinth and lavender combining with rawhoneycomb, guava and pineapple rind." (07/2020) 94 points James Suckling: "Fresh-beeswax, chamomile and light lemon-blossom aromas with fresh melon. The palate h...
Price: $29.99

All the wines at this beautiful little organic domaine are made from 100% Chenin Blanc but vary in degrees of sweetness depending on where the grapes are harvested from. Planted in the sandy clay soils over tuffeau (that magical chalky soil of the Loire), these wines show the range of the quality that can be found in Vouvray for a mere pittance.
Price: $15.99

2018 Domaine Vincent Carême Vouvray Sec
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92 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant and silky, but with a chalky mineral crunch behind the notes of persimmon, vanilla spice, daisy and honeydew. Hints of cardamom and savory mineral add to the complexity as this firms up on the long, mouthwatering finish. (AZ)" (03/2020) 91 points Decanter: "Vincent Caréme is one of the most dynamic producers in the Vouvray appellation, where a good number are content to rest on Vouvray’s reputation concentrating on making mediocre sparkling wine for the supermarkets. Carême is open-minded and keen to help new producer...
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Established over 50 years ago, the 4th generation of the Denis family now runs this operation. Julien is the winemaker, Stephane in charge of the viticulture and Vincent oversees the administration and sales. Over the last decades the property has grown from 5 to 80 hectares that stretch across the appellation including some very select parcels in the Côteaux du Layon (home of one of the region's great dessert wines).
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94 points Vinous: " The 2018 The FMC is pure hand-selected Chenin Blanc from low-yielding bush vines planted in 1974, matured on the lees for 12 months in barrel. It has a complex nose of nectarine, pithy stone fruit, lanolin and beeswax and seems to constantly evolve in the glass; suggestions of white chocolate and broom emerge with time. The intense grapefruit and mango flavors are counterbalanced by the killer line of acidity. There is power in this FMC, but a sense of elegance triumphs on the precise finish. This comes highly recommended and can be b...
Price: $74.99

90 points Vinous: "The 2019 Kloof Street Chenin Blanc underwent a natural ferment with minimal SO2 addition. It has a knockout bouquet for an entry-level Chenin, featuring beautiful orange blossom and apricot scents mixed with hints of lemon thyme. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity and impressive tension and energy. Poised all the way through to the finish, this is a superb Kloof Street Chenin Blanc that serves as a perfect introduction to Chris and Andrea Mullineux’s wines. (NM)" (11/2019)
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This limited production bottling of Chalone 2018 Estate Chenin Blanc was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1919. Vines this old produce miniscule yields but extraordinary fruit resulting in a rare opportunity to try what we consider liquid gold. Only 188 cases produced. From the winery: "The 2018 vintage was highlighted by its moderate growing season and average rainfall, resulting in grapes with extra hang time. Cooperative weather during the flowering stage increased fruit yields and created crisp refreshing wines with wonderfully ripe flavors...Our 1...
Price: $39.95


93 points James Suckling: "This is very old chenin, planted around 1960, and it has a terrific fusion of lemons, apples and pears with a succulent, sturdy, and dense feel to the palate and plenty of smooth-honed texture. Impressive. Drink or hold. " (09/2019) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2018 Chenin Blanc comes from a 47-year-old dry-farmed vineyard. It was barrel fermented and bottled unfiltered. The nose opens slowly, giving up minerally aromas of crushed stone, sliced Bosc pear, fresh white blossoms and bruised red apple. It’s revea...
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KL Notes: Craig Haarmeyer is a third generation Sacramenten who has been responsible for coining the term "Sacramento Terroir". He and his family are responsible for all of production, from picking to bottling, and believe in celebrating the history, place, and naturalness of varieties grown around the Sacramento area. Favoring vineyard sites that are grown sustainably and organic, Craig believes in allowing the terroir to express itself with a hands off approach to winemaking, stating "We add nothing but elbow grease." *Natural Wine* ...
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Winemaker's Notes; "The 2019 takes its charms from the slightly richer vintage, and a relatively small crop. A touch of botrytis in 2019 also lends additional texture and presents a deceptively honeyed and pear-like expression of the variety. A suggestion of mandarin blossom and a resurgent, dry, almost electric finish recalls wet stone, and the quartz and limestone soils that help make this ungrafted Late Disco Era site next-level delicious. After harvest in the middle of the night, we let the fruit sit overnight and pressed the next day at lunchtime. A...
Price: $21.95




94-96 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "This cuvée comes exclusively from 100-year old vines. It begins in a smoky, matchsticky, reductive frame of mind, the fruit profile dominated by mirabelle, peach skin and honeysuckle. A beautiful character here, with evident old-vine concentration, It feels sinewy, substantial, minerally too, fresh with energy and an acid-bright character. Youthful, lifted by retained carbon dioxide, long and tense in the vivacious finish. Fabulous potential." (05/2019)
Price: $49.99

Winery notes: Chenin Blanc has a long and storied history on Pritchard Hill. The original vines were already producing when Donn and Molly purchased the property in the late 1960s. Following a replanting in 2004, Chenin Blanc was reintroduced as a "Signature" designation with a twist. While the Signature Cabernet bear Donn Chappellet’s name, Molly Chappellet’s signature graces the Chenin Blanc label. To add depth and complexity, this Chenin Blanc was fermented in a combination of neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. This sophisticated ex...
Price: $39.99

According to the importer, Antoine Foucault established Domaine du Collier in 1999 with his companion Caroline Boireau. Today they farm nearly 7 hectares of vines, produce a mere 1,250 cases of wine, and have surpassed rising star status to join the ranks of top growers in Saumur. Antoine cut his teeth at the famed Clos Rougeard in Saumur-Champigny, working with his father and uncle, Charly and Nady Foucault. Then, at age 26, Antoine set out on his own to create Domaine du Collier.
Price: $66.99

94 points Vinous: "The 2018 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines is a dense, powerful wine that shows the more savory side of Chenin off to great effect. Dried flowers, herb, almonds and mineral inflections give the Chenin its super distinctive personality. There is plenty of texture and depth, but the fruit is pushed into the background. The Foxen Chenin is one of the most distinctive wines in Santa Barbara. It is also an insane value. (AG)" (08/2020) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Aromas of dried apple and pear, orange peel, elderflower and...
Price: $19.95

This wine comes from a vineyard located in the Southern-eastern hills near the city of Ukiah. Planted in the mid-1970s on a gentle slope in Pinole gravelly loam soils, the old Chenin Blanc vines yield tiny, beautifully concentrated berries - thus the name Peaberry. According to the winery, the grapes were picked on September 19th at 20.3 Brix. The grapes were whole - cluster pressed to tank for cold settling. Then juice was racked to neutral French oak and Acacia barrels for fermentation using spontaneous yeast. The wine was aged for five months and comp...
Price: $21.95

95 points Decanter: "The 16ha Domaine du Petit Coteau is based in Vernou-sur-Brenne and is part of the Vignobles Feray, who own four domaines in Vouvray including Château Montcontour plus one in the Cheverny appellation. Unlike the Coteaux du Layon in Anjou, where it's possible to make sweet wines almost every year, it is only possible in Vouvray to make them in very good vintages. The vines for this rich wine are 50 years old, picked by hand with a low yield of 15hl/ha in 2011. With 145g/l of residual sugar, this has a deliciously opulent texture with n...
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Born into a winemaking family in Anjou, Pithon’s career as a vintner began in 1978 when he established his domaine. Pithon has significantly contributed to the recognition of the dry white wines of the Loire Valley as well as the lesser-known Anjou appellation by producing high-quality dry Chenin Blanc from the area, which was known chiefly for sweet wines. He also promoted organic farming, indigenous yeast strains and refraining from chaptalization or acidification, as well as the Burgundian approach of single-plot selections and barrel aging.
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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Revealing aromas of sweet white flowers, quince, and minerals, the Coteaux du Layon Clos de Ste. Catherine is a thick, unctuous, amazingly sweet and creamy full-bodied wine. Layers of almond extract, fresh red currants and sweetened herbal tea are found in its lively and tightly wound personality. Superbly balanced and admirably long, this harmonious wine has the ability to age for over 20 years in an adequate cellar. Drink it between 1999-2025. (PR)" (10/1997)
Price: $74.99

95-97 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "From six rows in the Clos des Mailles, the vines identified and the fruit separated out in the basis of a band of phthanite which runs through the vineyard, which is otherwise blue schist. This sample comes from a 2013 barrel, although the vinification was in barrel, jarre and a 1.5-hectolitre demi-john. This has a striking and clearly quite different character to the 2018 Clos des Mailles component barrels just tasted. The nose is all honey and straw, with perfumed pear, and yet it feels so tense. The palate ...
Price: $73.99


This 100% Chenin Blanc comes from the nearly 40-year-old Saini Vineyard. Winery tasting notes: "This wine has alluring weight and richness, a silky texture and subtle aromas of Chamomile, orchard fruits and lemon confit. The palate offers a medley of Lanolin, white pepper and tea notes, as well as hints of straw that carry through to a lingering almost salty finish."
Price: $17.95


About this producer: "Winemaker Nathan Kandler stands firmly by his belief that the winemaker's ultimate mission is to translate the voice of the soil into the glass. But not all vineyards are created equal, and here enters Nathan's keen eye for finding the magical combination of variety, climate and soil. In California’s case, he believes the most special sites are often found outside of the iconic regions (Napa, Russian River, etc.). For Precedent, his first independent effort (his day job is as Associate Winemaker at Thomas Fogarty) he has found 3 uni...
Price: $21.99


95-97 points Chris Kissack, Winedoctor.com: "Two components of the final blend tasted. Barrel #1: From the 25-year old vines, representing about 20% of the final blend. Intense, expressive, laden with stone and schist. Beautifully styled, fresh, polished, tense, but carrying plum, peach and orange fruits. Minerally, still showing some residual carbon dioxide. Long and persistent. Barrel #2: A blended barrel, wine from all three parcels, representing about 80% of the final blend. A more reticent nose, more subtle, but smoky and minerally. Great energy on ...
Price: $41.99

Dry Creek Vineyard has been making dry, crisp Chenin Blanc since 1972, and continue to be a benchmark producer for this once-ubiquitous varietal wine, in its latter-day mini-revival. The grapes for this wine come from the Clarksburg AVA, which is east of the Bay Area on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and has been the source of many of the wines that have helped raise the profile of dry Chenin Blanc.
Price: $12.95


91 points Decanter: "With a background in the restaurant business, Ken Forrester had a vision of Chenin’s potential that has put him at the forefront of South Africa's Chenin movement. The Old Vine Reserve, which comes from 40-year-old-vines picked by hand, is more affordable than Forrester’s FMC, however, like the FMC, it still ages remarkably well so expect it to show well in 20 years. The youthful 2018 has a very attractive delicate texture, displaying balance and finesse with apple and pineapple notes and some soft acidity on the finish." (06/2019) ...
Price: $16.99

Winemaker's Notes: "Our inaugural release from this block of own-rooted vines planted 1978. My original intent was to bottle a 100% Skin Fermented Chenin as the 2nd bottling in our XB series but tasting in the cellar I preferred the 50/50 blend. The acidity from the white wine Chenin both brightened the palate and gave a lift to the "orange" aromatics that I felt enhanced their intensity. In bottle, the wine shows the explosive aromatics of a skin ferment but remains nimble and energetic on the palate."
Price: $32.95

Based in Vernou in the Loire Valley and covering 27 hectares, the Sylvain Gaudron estate has been family-owned since the 1890s. About 2/3 of the vines on the domaine are at least 30 years old on average. The soils are calcareous marls, as is typical of the area, and ideal for the Chenin Blanc grape variety. Gilles Gaudron currently runs the estate, and keeps up the tradition of quality by ensuring hand-harvesting, whole bunch pressing, with closely spaced gobelet-pruned vines. Fermentation is slow, and using natural yeasts, with a few of the still wine v...
Price: $15.99

Thibaud Boudignon is a young, talented rising star winemaker in the Loire. He is currently the winemaker at Château Soucherie, where his integrating winemaking approach and shift towards 100% organic practices has resulted in great success. The winery allows him to produce a small amount of wine under his own label on the side. Importer Skurnik Wines says: "Thibaud Boudignon is unquestionably one of the most exciting figures in wine today. Originally from Bordeaux, he honed his winemaking craft while working at Philipe Charlopin in Gevrey-Chambertin duri...
Price: $42.99


Philippe et René Socheleau founded the winery after falling in love with the beauty of Anjou and the Loire Valley. The domain consists of 40 hectares perched on the Saint Aubin de Luigné uplands above the Loire and the Layon rivers and produces a wide range of wines from Anjou's four villages. The Clos de la Casse is a dry wine and 100% Chenin Blanc. Winery tasting notes: "Gold yellow pale green color. Light gold-green tints, citronella tinges. The nose is present but delicate, because of the discretion of the Chenin. Floral notes reminding forested edge...
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Winery notes: Rajat Parr and Pete Stolpman's esoteric collaboration is labeled "Combe" referring to the French word for a small sheltered valley within a vineyard. This is 100% Chenin Blanc aged 19 months in second fill French 500L Puncheons. Botttles without any added Sulfur. A powerful, rich white wine just beginning to evolve into its prime. On the nose, the gun-smoke reduction is married to the toasty second fill French Oak granting a ton of depth under the bright cirtus fruit. On the palate the wine is both expansive and razor sharp with lively zipp...
Price: $39.99

91 points Wine Spectator: "This is sweet, but relies more on precision and high-toned green apple, green fig, honeysuckle and quince notes that are broad, rich and powerful. The finish shows a drier edge, with chamomile flower and quinine hints stretching it out. (JM)" (10/2010)
Price: $49.99

92 points Vinous: "The 2017 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines is unctuous, deep and powerful, with terrific freshness for such a rich, exotic wine. Varietal notes ample up in this beautifully textured, oily Chenin from vines planted in 1996. (AG)" (09/2019) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Always one of the more distinctive white wines from the region, this vintage starts with aromas of lemon skin, forest herbs and chive. The palate is redolent of yellow grapefruit and rides a tense, tangy structure into the long finish. (MK)" (06/2019) Ro...
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In Santa Ynez, the Jurassic Park Vineyard sits at 335 meters elevation on sandy, well-drained limestone-laden soils atop the playground of the dinosaurs of the Jurassic era. Planted in 1978, the age of this un-grafted Chenin vineyard qualifies it as "old" in Southern California. They treat it gently, ferment it with native yeasts, and keep it company through the winter. Each vintage shows them a new dimension and a new potential expression of this place. Winery note: "This sandy, rocky dinosaur boneyard vineyard has rapidly become one of the more sought-...
Price: $22.95

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