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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  • Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve Canada 2012


    Just cracked (or rather, popped) a bottle of Nova Scotia (yes, Nova Scotia) ... 25%, Pinot Meunier 12% and Chardonnay 63%). Some white fruit and citrus on the nose and good effervescence - even after ten minutes in the Champagne flute. Entry is tart, citric and lean - as expected - with a hint of bitters on the finish. Very clean and very cool... Read More

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  • I like what I'm told is referred to a "jammy" wine. One example is Altmura. I know it's not sweet however to me it has somewhat of a sweet taste. Any recommendations of some wine to try?   Read More

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  • Hacienda de Arinzano Chardonnay Vinos de Pago de Arinzano 2014


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • The holidays are over, but the wine celebrations never end – in our ... ... of DOCG wines. Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Trebbiano fill in the rest.The wines are fairly inexpensive, but I’ve seen a wide range of prices across retailers. I’m talking a five to eight-dollar difference. As always, do a price check. Here are four favorites from a re... Read More

    From the article Detox Wines for January Drinking

  • Canard-Duchene Brut Classic NV


    I bought two half bottles of this from the website ... pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay.I served the first bottle today at a salmon and salad lunch with a guest. It is a bone dry wine with lots of fine bubbles and some sour apple style fruit. It was a good accompaniment to the lunc Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Villa Emozione Brut Franciacorta 2013


    Dark toast and biscuit aromas with an oaty, buttered note with crisp fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit. Lively and tart on the palate with searing acidity, fresh citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, melon rind and more smoky toasted notes of wheat and barley, finishing with more tart acidity and puckering citrus pith. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Mirabella Brut Rose Franciacorta


    Plush strawberry and cherry aromas are lightly floral and touched by flaky puff pastry and delicate floral honey. Fresh spice and a creamy texture on the palate with gorgeous fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry and tart cranberry towards the finish, this displays great depth and full body with length and style. 93 pts Read More

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  • Ricci Curbastro Saten Brut Franciacorta 2013


    Plush floral aromas of wildflower, baked pear and apple with mild yeast. Zesty and brightly fruited with searing acidity, tart and lemon driven fruit notes, touches of melon and cream, fresh orange and lime pith with a toasted finish thats light and crisp. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Majolini Brut Franciacorta 2014


    Tart Meyer lemon and light toast, pastry dough and grapefruit on the nose. Creamy palate of fresh lemon cream and grapefruit zest, a bit of green apple, pear skins and warm spice, finishing with melon and butter notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • The rush for sparkling wine is here, and there’s still enough time for ... ... varietals are permitted: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Bianco. Every bottle of Franciacorta DOCG is a high-touch labor or love.  There are a few key Franciacorta producers who see a lot of play in the United States. I’d like to see us widen the playing field a bi... Read More

    From the article Five Fab Sparklers, One Location.

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