WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Medium / High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Apple, Pear, Lemon, Peach, Melon, Banana, Pineapple

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

  • Citrus, Green fruits, Herbacous

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler regions, Chenin Blanc maintains its zesty acidity and green fruit character, often producing dry and sparkling wines.

Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer areas, it develops riper fruit flavors and is suitable for both dry and sweet wine styles. Chenin Blanc is remarkably adaptable to different climates.


  • France - typically Unoaked
  • South Africa - Oak maturation


  • Richer, rounder - Toast, Honey, Hay


in the Loire, confusingly you can find at least two sparkling wines made from chenin:

  • Cremant de Loire - made from barely ripe fruit

  • Vouvray Appelation … sold as Methode Traditionnelle Vouvray sparkling bottle with a glass of wine

Appelations / Producers of Note


Reputation for berries uneven ripening - means pickers may have to make two or three passes picking individual berries


Chenin Blanc is delightful when young, offering its primary fruit and floral character.

However, it can age gracefully, evolving into wines with complex tertiary aromas and flavors, often with a beautiful balance of acidity and texture.

Aging Potential: Not suitable for aging

First Published: Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 Last updated: Oct 22, 2023

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Damien Saunders
WSET3 award - Has been on a journey to learn more about wine, viticulture since I started travelling. Every country has something to drink.