Definition of Chenin in English:


Line breaks: Che¦nin
Pronunciation: /ˈʃənã
(also Chenin blanc)


[mass noun]
  • 1A variety of wine grape native to the Loire valley but widely cultivated elsewhere.
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    • Its fresh, sparkling flavour is distinguished by a unique blend of excellent wines from classic grape varieties such Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin.
    • Both of these workhorse varieties are planted primarily in the hot Central Valley, a setting that might be described as the antithesis of Chenin's Loire homeland.
    • This is far-north wine-growing, and the grapes planted, the white Sauvignon and Chenin, the red Cabernet Franc and Gamay, are all varieties prized for their fairly acid and raw qualities.
  • 1.1A white wine made from the Chenin grape.
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    • Well, let me introduce you to their distant French brothers - the Blancs' Sauvignon and Chenin.
    • I quickly ordered a bottle of Villiera, Sauvignon Chenin, a consumer-friendly number from South Africa at €22 to distract her attention.
    • ‘Ireland never took to the £1.99 Chenin that the price conscious British market did,’ said Engelbrecht.


French, perhaps from the name of the manor of Mont- Chenin, Touraine.

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