Chardonnay

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Cross between Pinot & Gouais Blanc
Aliases: Aubaine, Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc...
Grape Color: White
Regions: Though the origins of Chardonnay lie in France’s Burgundy region, the grape is grown worldwide.
Type(s) of the Wine the Grape Produces: Chablis, White Burgundy, Champagne

British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, Chardonnay took its varietal qualities to the next level and ‘virtually became a brand.’

Delicate. Malleable. Neutral. Reflecting on its terroir and its winemakers’ preferences, Chardonnay gained fame from its widespread success in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. If a painter stares at his blank white canvas with a thousand possibilities of expressing himself to society, winemakers do no differently with Chardonnay. This varietal holds the rare quality of having its flavors mold to the many differences in Read more »

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  • Il Muro Chardonnay di Toscana IGT 2014

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    Light and crisp. Mild incense and waxy fruit aromas with a soft tangy light body and honeyed apple and lemon and dry and tight nutshell finish. Would make for a nice aperitif if properly chilled. Read More

    Wine review by FPFM


  • Lama Chardonnay di Toscana IGT 2014

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    Incredibile ricchezza di profumi tra cui spicca laroma di fiori di sambuco. Read More

    Wine review by FPFM


  • "The fact is that Chardonnay by itself is a relatively insipid grape..."Perhaps 'malleable' is a better word, with an underlying structure that can lend itself to greatness when handled suitably? If we get into comparisons between grapes that might or might not be 'insipid' vs. 'distinctive', the hammer of judgment regarding drinkable/enjoyable/... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • What happened with Chardonnay is a longer story but Kendall Jackson popularized a style with a lot of oak and some residual sugar. That became the model for many and it's still popular today.Chablis existed long before and as OT points out, it sees some oak.The issue isn't "oaked" vs "non-oaked" because there's more to it than just that. The but... Read More

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  • I think the big issue with oaked Chardonnay is that people drink them too young and don't give the oak time to integrate. Great Chablis of France are oaked and if they can overcome the premox issue are very tasty with some bottle age on them. IMHO, over-oaked white wines overpower the grape and don't show the wines true potential. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • Jean-Luc Colombo Rose 2014

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    With an impressive read on the French label, it sounded like this rose' was ... thought was this was a nice Chardonnay. Chardonnay? I thought it said Rose'. Well, Maybe I missed something. A glass later, I'm thinking it was an okay semi-dry Chardonnay for dinner. In a few days, if someone would've asked what I thought of this wine, I prob... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • I must say that I find "trends" in wine as to what a person ... ... ... stumbled upon Meiomi Chardonnay paired with a very nice salad (avocados, shrimp, olives) that tasted like heaven! I had just begun to love the more "popular" unoaked Chards, and was pleasantly surprised! My palette was exceptionally pleased and I will be seeking out more ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • In defense of Oaked and Buttery Chardonnays I must say that "I like it".  I know the trend is for the unoaked stainless steel ferment to be on the rise and people are saying that they prefer it over the "Other kind". That may be the trend but the Oaked and Buttery varieties are still my favorites although the unoaked brands are ok also.So in fin... Read More

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  • De Bortoli Estate Grown Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2014

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    Cooked peach, light lemon and green apple on the nose with a whiff of hazelnut. Smooth and almost silky in the mouth, with candied lemon peel and tart limeade up front and finishing with butterscotch. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Searidge Chard 1984

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    No written review

    Wine review by SeaRidge


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