The most widely-planted grape in the world, and possibly the most diverse. It is used in full-on oaked Californian whites to classic mineral Chablis and of course Champagne.

Chief Characteristics

It has a range of flavours depending on region grown, whether it’s picked early or late in the growing season and the treatment of the wine after it’s made. The flavour range can extend from grassy zesty lemon and crisp apple influences from grapes harvested early, right through to tropical peach pineapple and mango fruits from riper fruits to a rich full vanilla toasty nutty buttery palate after oak ageing.

Key Regions

Burgundy might be considered the heartland of the grape thanks to classic white Burgundies, Chablis and Pouilly- Fuissé and not forgetting Champagne! But great Chardonnay are produced around the globe from Australia to Chile to California and all over Europe.

Wines, The Facts

  • Chardonnay grapes for Champagne/Sparkling are often picked early in the season to maintain the acidity levels best suited for this process.
  • International Chardonnay Day is celebrated on the 23rd May – like we need an excuse to drink it!

Grape Representations to try:

Lallier Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

Meursault, Vallet-Frères

Heytesbury Chardonnay Vasse Felix

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