Hands down, Chardonnay is among the most popular types of grape variety in the world. If you know even a little bit about wine, you’ve definitely heard about Chardonnay.
This grape is planted all around the world and is used to produce a diverse variety of wine styles.
Therefore, getting familiar with Chardonnay is not easy—the details can often get overwhelming.
For starters, here’s how you pronounce it—Shar-daw-neah!
Where Does The Grape Come From?
It comes from a village in France. Chardonnay is actually a village in Burgundy and it is here that the grape variety started from. It is most planted here and not so surprisingly, some of the finest white wines are also manufactured here.
However, recently this grape variety has taken over the world, with its availability from Chile to Croatia and Australia to California.
Chardonnay doesn’t have a strong flavor or aroma that you find in other, red wines. In fact, the grape is known to take on the aroma of the soil and region where it is planted.
It can be broadly categorized into two main styles:
- The warmer regions—here, the aroma leans more towards passion fruit, peach and pineapple.
- The colder regions—here, the aroma leans more is more like pears, apples and citrus in general.
Another factor that largely affects Chardonnay is Oak. Oaked Chardonnay typically gives off buttery and nutty aroma.
What Does It Taste Like?
Chardonnays from cooler regions are zesty, with acidity levels and a medium body. They are perfect to pair with light meals and appetizers.
However, oaked Chardonnay is more round, has a creamier taste and lower acidity. It goes well with chicken dishes, fish and oily seafood.
Which Are The Best Chardonnays To Try Out?
While the variety of Chardonnay makes for a fun tasting sessions, some of the top Chardonnay wines to try out are:
- Chablis Sebastien Dampt, Burgundy, France
- Chardonnay – Bogle, 2014 California, U.S.A.
- Cyrus: add a blanc de blanc champagne
- Salentein Killka Chardonnay 2013, Mendoza, Argentina
- The Wishing Tree Western Australia Un-oaked Chardonnay 2007
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