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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. Baron de Beaupre, Brut

    Baron de Beaupre, Brut 75cl

    A refreshing and appealing champagne with soft character on the finish.

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  2. Bollinger, Special Cuvée

    Bollinger, Special Cuvée 75cl

    Superbly balanced and tremendously elegant champagne with a fine depth and flavour.

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  3. Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale Brut

    Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale Brut 75cl

    This is a lovely fruity champagne with superb freshness which is balanced, elegant and has a wonderfully vibrant finish.

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  4. Pol Roger, Brut Reserve

    Pol Roger, Brut Reserve 75cl

    This superb quality champagne is ideal for every occasion. It has a certain feminine quality given by equal proportions of Pinot Noir / Meunier and Chardonnay.

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  5. Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs

    Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs 75cl

    A suave, delicate, well-balanced Champagne made exclusively from the Chardonnay Grape. Striking on the palate with delicious hints of apricots and nectarines.

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  6. Taittinger Brut

    Thienot, Brut 75cl

    A stunning Champagne with a rich aromas of citrus and creamy honey. Lively and balanced on the palate with length and depth on the finish.

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  7. Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale Vintage, 2002

    Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale Vintage, 2002 75cl

    Green gold in colour with the aroma of pear, peach and a touch of spice. Well balanced on the palate with a delicate finish.

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  8. Bollinger, La Grande Annee Vintage, 2005

    Bollinger, La Grande Année, 2005 75cl

    This was a fantastic year for Champagne and this is no exception. Mouth-filling, long-lasting, complex, nutty, creamy, buttery, and bold. An outstanding Champagne that is an absolute joy.

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  9. Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale Vintage, 2008

    Joseph Perrier, Cuvée Royale Vintage, 2008 75cl

    Supple and graceful, giving a floral bouquet with a full, rich style. Complex with notes of tobacco and vanilla on the long, luxurious finish.

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  10. Dom Pérignon, Möet & Chandon

    Dom Pérignon, Möet & Chandon, 2009 75cl

    A very impressive champagne with quality, elegance, fine beading and stunning depth and concentration.

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    £135.60
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  11. Krug, Grande Cuvée

    Krug, Grande Cuvée 75cl

    Superb! Perhaps the greatest name in Champagne, producing big rich wines that can live for many years in bottle. One of the truly great champagnes, the non vintage Grande Cuvée is probably the most consistent wine from the region.

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    £153.60
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  12. Baron de Beaupre, Rosé

    Baron de Beaupre, Rosé 75cl

    A delicate, easy drinking rose, displaying light floral aromas with subtle red cherry fruit on the palate.

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