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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted white grape varieties in the world. It is grown in many different countries, producing nuanced styles of wine with a range of aromas, flavours and textures.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Chardonnay grapes are large and round with a green-gold colour. Its wines typically have a medium to full-bodied texture and feature aromas of white flowers, citrus, tropical fruits and buttery notes. On the palate, Chardonnay can display flavours of stone fruit, lemon, honey, toast, nuts and spices.

Fresh Chardonnay grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Chardonnay is grown all around the world. It is the flagship grape of Burgundy, where the wines are known for their richness, complexity and ageability. Chardonnay is relatively easy to grow and can be cultivated in a wide range of climates. It is tolerant of both heat and cold and can produce high yields, making it a popular choice for growers. Winemaking techniques vary widely, from traditional oak aging to stainless steel fermentation. Chardonnay wines can display a range of styles, depending on the region in which it is grown. In Burgundy, the wines are known for their complex minerality and high acidity. In Australia, the wines are often full-bodied and fruit-driven with a creamy texture. In California, the wines are typically ripe and oaky with a buttery finish. Chardonnay wines pair well with a range of dishes, from light seafood dishes to rich creamy sauces. The oaky styles pair particularly well with grilled fish and poultry, while the light and fresh styles are perfect for seafood dishes.

Foods to pair with Chardonnay:

Pasta
Fish
Light meat
Fun Fact about Chardonnay
In Burgundy, Chardonnay grapes are known as "Beurré Chardonnay". This translates to "butter Chardonnay" and is derived from the creamy texture and buttery flavours of the wines produced in the region.

Top Wines with Chardonnay

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Veuve Clicquot Brut (Carte Jaune) Champagne is a renowned sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France. This champagne is crafted by a prestigious house known for its expertise in winemaking. The vineyards used for this wine are located in the Champagne appellation, known for its unique terroir and favorable climate for grape cultivation. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of grapes, followed by a traditional method of fermentation in the bottle. The resulting wine is characterized by its elegant and refined style, with a delicate balance of fruitiness and acidity. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne is a popular choice for celebrations and special occasions, offering a luxurious and memorable drinking experience.
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Moët & Chandon

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Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne is a prestigious sparkling wine that embodies the essence of luxury and celebration. Crafted by a renowned Champagne house, this wine hails from the esteemed Champagne in France. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from a unique terroir, characterized by chalky soils and a cool climate, which impart elegance and finesse to the wine. The winemaking process involves a meticulous blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes, resulting in a harmonious and well-balanced cuvée. With its vibrant bubbles, delicate aromas of citrus and white flowers, and a crisp, refreshing palate, Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne is the epitome of sophistication and is perfect for any special occasion.
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Bollinger

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Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Aÿ Champagne is a traditional method sparkling wine produced by the celebrated grand marque Champagne house Bollinger. This wine always features a high proportion of Pinot Noir supported by smaller amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier resulting in a more structured style. A very high proportion of the grapes come from Grand Cru-rated villages resulting in an intense style. The winemaking focuses on building complexity with extensive use of reserve wine and the wine is matured for much longer than the minimum requirement. This all results in a harmonious yet powerful cuvée. It has fine bubbles, rich complexity, and balanced, vibrant acidity, this Champagne offers a delightful drinking experience, perfect for celebrating special occasions or indulging in moments of luxury.
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Louis Roederer

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Louis Roederer Brut Premier is the main product of the celebrated champagne house Louis Roederer. This wine features the three main Champagne grapes with equal amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay supported by a smaller proportion of Pinot Meunier. With the base wine matured in oak barrels, this wine offers a fuller body with alluring toasty complexity. Aged for a minimum of 36 months before release, well in advance of the minimum requirement for Champagne, the vibrant acidity of this wine is well-integrated and effortlessly balances the rich mid-palate. This wine was discontinued in 2021 and replaced with the Solera-based Louis Roederer Collection series. However, this wine may still be available in many markets.
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Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne

Laurent-Perrier

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Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut Champagne is a prestigious Champagne produced in the renowned Champagne appellation. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this wine showcases the expertise of its producer. The vineyards where the grapes are sourced boast exceptional features, such as ideal sun exposure and well-drained soils, which contribute to the wine's exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves a delicate balance of tradition and innovation, resulting in a refined and elegant style. With its fine bubbles and vibrant acidity, this Champagne offers a delightful sensory experience, making it a perfect choice for celebrations or special occasions.
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