Definition of Chenin in English:


(also Chenin blanc)


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its fresh, sparkling flavour is distinguished by a unique blend of excellent wines from classic grape varieties such Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin.’
    1. 1.1 A white wine made from the Chenin grape.
      • ‘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.