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Chardonnay

There is hardly a region in the world where Chardonnay is not planted. In the 1990s, Chardonnay almost became a brand in its own right, with New World producers actively marketing their wines under the grape name.

In the past winemakers have tried to emulate the great whites from Burgundy and Chablis, and have been criticised for not forging their own style. They now produce Chardonnay in their own ways, aligning production more closely to their locality.

There is hardly a region in the world where Chardonnay is not planted. In the 1990s, Chardonnay almost became a brand in its own right, with New World producers actively marketing their wines under the grape name.

In the past winemakers have tried to emulate the great whites from Burgundy and Chablis, and have been criticised for not forging their own style. They now produce Chardonnay in their... read more.

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Key Countries and Regions

Primarily France (Burgundy, Chablis, Meursault, Montrachet, Pouilly Fuissé and Champagne); some particularly good Chardonnay is being produced in South Africa, New Zealand, California, Australia and Chile, where the flavour is more potent.

Climate Suitability

Chardonnay is regarded as the perfect grape variety -- it is easy to grow in most climates and also makes good-quality wine.

Colour and Flavours

Chardonnay is a white wine, and is slightly sweet to taste. The wines have a distinct elegance supported by an intense and well-balanced range of aromas.

Synonyms

Aubaine (an old Burgundian synonym no longer used); Beaunois (a rare Burgundian synonym) and Pinot Chardonnay (old).

 

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  1. Joseph Perrier, Vintage Blanc de Blancs, 2006

    Joseph Perrier, Vintage Blanc de Blancs, 2010 75cl

    Made entirely from the Chardonnay grape it is the minerality that sets this apart from the rest of the JP range. Its great strength is the way that it combine a light body with great complexity, with toasty elegance and a lemony finish. Superb!

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  2. Sunnycliff Sparkling Brut, Australia

    Sunnycliff Sparkling Brut, Australia 75cl

    A rich, creamy texture with plenty of depth and fruit. Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany a wide range of dishes.

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  3. Chablis, Albert Bichot

    Chablis, Albert Bichot, 2016 75cl

    A very young style Chablis jam packed with fresh, green apples and hints of citrus. A firm, refreshing mineral backbone runs through the palate and on to a satisfyingly long finish.

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  4. Chablis Domaine des Manants, Jean-Marc Brocard

    Chablis Les Manants, Jean-Marc Brocard, 2017 75cl

    An excellent flinty, mineral fruit style typical of the Chardonnay grape from Chablis.

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  5. Chablis, Domaine des Malandes

    Chablis, Domaine des Malandes, 2017 75cl

    Expressing aromas of crisp fruit, there is plenty of citrus and green apple flavour followed by a rich mineral finish. A pure expression of the terroir of the region.

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  6. Chablis Premier Cru Vau de Vey Domaine des Malandes

    Chablis Premier Cru Vau de Vey Domaine des Malandes, 2016 75cl

    Classic Premier Cru Chablis with floral notes lifting above a rich minerality on the palate. There is some crisp apple fruit here too that combines well to bring superb balance.

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  7. Macon Chardonnay, Cuvée Joseph Talmard

    Macon Chardonnay, Cuvée Joseph Talmard, 2017 75cl

    Traditional style Chardonnay from Burgundy. Rich and buttery with subtle, exotic flavours.

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  8. La Vedette Chardonnay, Vin de Pays d'Oc

    La Vedette Chardonnay, Vin de France, 2016 75cl

    This is a fresh and fruit dry white from the South of France.  Pale straw in colour with a zesty appley flavours intermingled with soft tropical fruits. A well made and well balanced wine.

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  9. Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017

    Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017 75cl

    A refreshing light white with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit on both the nose and palate. Would be an ideal match with lighter dishes such as a pasta salad.

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  10. Gusbourne Guinevere, Kent, 2014

    Gusbourne Guinevere, Kent, 2014 75cl

    Fresh lemon rind and vanilla on the nose leads to fresh green apple balanced by a citrusy crispness. The finish hangs with a satisfying, coating nuttiness. 

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  11. Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve, South Devon, 2014

    Sharpham Dart Valley Reserve, South Devon, 2016 75cl

    International Wine Challenge 2003 - Seal of Approval

    An English white wine that has a light, fresh character and pleasingly soft palate. Lovely fruit aromas, with a supple off-dry finish combine to make this a wine ideal as an aperitif or with food.

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  12. Bird in the Hand Estate Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, 2015

    Bird in the Hand Estate Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, 2016 75cl

    Fresh stone fruit, melon and citrus peel on the nose develops to nectarine and lightly dry roasted cashew nut in the mouth, 

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