One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A 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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A white wine made from the Chenin grape.
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘Well, let me introduce you to their distant French brothers - the Blancs' Sauvignon and Chenin.’
French, perhaps from the name of the manor of Mont-Chenin, Touraine.
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