Chardonnay Wine - Grape Varieties

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The best-known grape variety of them all, originating in Burgundy and Champagne, it is very versatile with its ability to make a number of wine styles in many locations.

Chardonnay is the grape behind the white wines of Chablis, Mersault, Pouilly-Fuissé and Montrachet whilst Blanc de blancs is Champagne made from pure Chardonnay. With Chardonnay now being grown across the globe the fruits flavour tones have changed from those of its native France with less of its characteristic citrus flavour to more full bodied fruits associated with hotter climates. Australia, New Zealand, California and South Africa all make excellent Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is easy to grow and matures well, it is very compliant with a number of foods because of its richness with the earthiness of mushrooms and truffles being an ideal match. Try New World Chardonnay with pork or a crisp Burgundy with virtually and shellfish.

Recommended Producers
Chablis
Domaine Jean Collet
Jean-Marc Brocard
Domaine Laroche
William Fèvre
Domaine Raveneau

Montrachet
Charles & Paul Bavard
Domaine Jadot
Bachelet-Ramonet
Louis Carillon
Pascal Borgeot

Mersault
Ballot-Millot
Jean Monnier
Domaine Darnat
Marc Rougeot

 


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