Definition of Chenin in English:


(also Chenin blanc)


  • 1[mass noun] A variety of wine grape native to the Loire valley but widely cultivated elsewhere.

    • ‘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. 1.1A white wine made from the Chenin grape.
      • ‘Well, let me introduce you to their distant French brothers - the Blancs' Sauvignon and Chenin.’
      • ‘‘Ireland never took to the £1.99 Chenin that the price conscious British market did,’ said Engelbrecht.’
      • ‘I quickly ordered a bottle of Villiera, Sauvignon Chenin, a consumer-friendly number from South Africa at €22 to distract her attention.’


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