Chardonnay

Chardonnay

The Chardonnay variety has its origin in the Saône-et-Loire French department (between Lyon and Dijon). It has an early budding and ripening so it risks being damaged by spring frosts. It is a very productive variety, easy to grow and well adapted to clay-limestone or calcareous-clay soils. Chardonnay grape is very sensitive to powdery mildew, to grapevine yellows and millerandage. Its skin is relatively thin so it can also be damaged by botrytis cinerea (noble rot) in rainy years.

Chardonnay, loved by many and hated by some, is one of the most versatile varieties. Though it does not have a dominant flavour, it can provide a wide aroma range depending on the region where it is grown and the elaboration methods. Albeit grapes generally reach proportionately high sugar levels, Chardonnay wines can be thin and evoke the fresh effect of Sauvignon Blanc wines in cold climates such as Chablis. Still, whatever the style and different tendencies in Chardonnay wines, it has proved its good adaptability to different winemaking procedures such as malolactic fermentation, lees stirring and barrel fermentation and ageing. 

Style range extends from subtle wines with a salty component to rich, spiced wines. Good examples of sweet white botrytized wines at the Mâcon and Burgenland appellations.

At the end of the 20th century, Chardonnay became queen variety in North-America and Australia, and its popularity amongst consumers turned Chardonnay wine into an equivalent term for white wine. Nonetheless on the first decade of the 21st century it lost the interest of wine consumers being replaced by Pinot Grigio variety; with the climate change, Chardonnay wines started showing premature oxidation symptoms.  

In France, Chardonnay is the second most grown variety after the Ugni Blanc one, used in Cognac and Armagnac production. The zones where Chardonnay variety is prevailing are Burgundy, Languedoc-Roussillon and Champagne.

Chablis wines are easy to drink and long-living when the grape has been grown in kimmeridgean calcareous-clay soil. Wine is distinguishable for its purity, well-defined and remarkably high acidity.

Though Côte d'Or department is the place to find the best Chardonnay examples, it is at Côte Chalonnaise where more Chardonnay plantations exist, but those wines do not reach the density and tension its neighbours at Côte d'Or have.

Champagne is the region with more hectares of Chardonnay grows from all France, particularly at the Marne department. Champagne wines tend to display yellow citric and pastry aromas, especially after long bottle ageing.

On the other hand, Spain has too warm a climate to grow this variety of early ripening. However, there are good examples as Torres Milmanda, in Conca de Barberà and Chivite Colección 125 aniversario.

Synonyms: Melon à Queue Rouge

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Wine with Chardonnay

Borsao Blanco Selección 2016
Quantity:
3,94 £
Other Vintages available: 2015
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Type of wine Young White Winery Bodegas Borsao Appellation Campo de Borja Grapes Macabeo, Chardonnay
Borsao Blanco Selección 2015
Quantity:
3,94 £
Other Vintages available: 2016
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86
Type of wine Young White Winery Bodegas Borsao Appellation Campo de Borja Grapes Macabeo, Chardonnay
Ca n'Estruc Blanco 2016
Quantity:
4,08 £
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Jardins Blanco 2016
Quantity:
4,58 £
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88
Petit Albet Blanco 2015
Quantity:
4,62 £
Eco / Bio
PK --
88
Type of wine Young White Winery Albet i Noya Appellation Penedés Grapes Xarel.lo, Chardonnay
Castaño Blanco 2016
Quantity:
4,67 £
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Type of wine Barrel Aged White Winery Bodegas Castaño Appellation Yecla Grapes Macabeo, Chardonnay
Nekeas Blanco 2016
Quantity:
4,76 £
bottle x6: 4,53 £/u. (-5%)
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Type of wine Young White Winery Bodegas Nekeas Appellation Navarra Grapes Viura, Chardonnay
Spanish White Guerrilla Chardonnay 2015
Quantity:
5,27 £
bottle x6: 4,99 £/u. (-5%)
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Type of wine Young White Winery Maetierra Appellation IGP Valles de Sadacia Grapes Chardonnay
Revolcón Blanco 2015
Quantity:
5,40 £
bottle x6: 5,13 £/u. (-5%)
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Type of wine Barrel Aged White Winery Wine Side Story Appellation Navarra Grapes Chardonnay
Lo Virol Blanco 2016
Quantity:
5,49 £
bottle x6: 5,22 £/u. (-5%)
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Petit Caus Blanco 2015
Quantity:
5,82 £
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2016
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Petit Caus Blanco 2016
Quantity:
5,82 £
Eco / Bio
Other Vintages available: 2015
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Verd Albera 2014
Quantity:
5,86 £
Charming
Exclusive
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Type of wine Young White Winery Celler Martí Fabra Appellation Empordà Grapes Garnacha Blanca, Chardonnay, Muscat
Rovira Baqués Chardonnay 2012
Quantity:
6,32 £
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Type of wine Young White Winery Cepage Appellation Penedés Grapes Chardonnay
Can Feixes Blanc Selecció 2016
Quantity:
6,36 £
Charming
Eco / Bio
bottle x6: 6,04 £/u. (-5%)
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Colors Blanc 2016
Quantity:
6,55 £
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Type of wine Young White Winery Cérvoles Celler Appellation Costers del Segre Grapes Chardonnay, Macabeo
Petit Albet Brut
Quantity:
6,82 £
Eco / Bio
PK87
89
Type of wine Cava Winery Albet i Noya Appellation Cava Grapes Parellada, Xarel.lo, Macabeo, Chardonnay
Finca Parera Clar 2015
Quantity:
6,91 £
Charming
Freak
Eco / Bio
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Type of wine Young White Winery Finca Parera Appellation Penedés Grapes Xarel.lo, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay
Castell del Remei Brut Nature
Quantity:
7,05 £
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Type of wine Cava Winery Castell del Remei Appellation Cava Grapes Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada, Chardonnay
Enate Chardonnay 234 2016
Quantity:
7,14 £
bottle x6: 6,78 £/u. (-5%)
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Type of wine Young White Winery Enate Appellation Somontano Grapes Chardonnay
Abadal Blanc 2016
Quantity:
7,14 £
bottle x6: 6,78 £/u. (-5%)
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Enrique Mendoza Chardonnay 2016
Quantity:
7,46 £
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Type of wine Barrel Aged White Winery Enrique Mendoza Viticultor Appellation Alicante Grapes Chardonnay
Albet i Noya Lignum Blanc 2015
Quantity:
7,74 £
Eco / Bio
PK --
90
Type of wine Barrel Aged White Winery Albet i Noya Appellation Penedés Grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Bertha Umami 2016
Quantity:
7,78 £
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Type of wine Young White Winery Bertha Appellation Penedés Grapes Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Muscat, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Vall Dolina Reserva Brut Nature
Quantity:
7,88 £
Eco / Bio
Other Bottle sizes: Magnum
PK --
91
Type of wine Cava Winery Celler Masia Can Tutusaus Appellation Cava Grapes Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada, Chardonnay
Wine in moderation
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