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Burgundy in east-central France is the birthplace of Chardonnay. Though the region produces some of the finest expressions of this variety, top-quality Chardonnays can be found throughout the Old and New Worlds. An exceptionally malleable and versatile grape, it is made in a variety of styles and reflects the winemaking as much as the vineyard.

In cooler climates, such as Chablis in northern Burgundy, Chardonnay tends to exhibit green apples, pears and steely acidity. In warmer climates, citrus, lime, melon and peach are common. Winemakers often age Chardonnay in French/American oak, imparting a rich, creamy, toasty character to the wines.

Chardonnay is also an important component of quality sparkling wines. Champagnes that are 100% Chardonnay are known as Blanc de Blancs and the best examples are elegant, lively and savoury.

Synonyms: Morillon, Pinot Chardonnay, Feiner Weisser Burgunder


 About Chardonnay

Try this South African Chardonnay

Leeu Passant, Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2017 (R650) 

'Beautifully intense and citrus driven, the wine has a wonderful textural balance and freshness with incredible poise and focus. Long and pin point, superb harmony and purity, this wine has impressive salinity and tart lemon / lime brilliance and brightness to invigorate the palate. A great effort.' – Greg Sherwood, Wine Safari, 95+/100

Try this international Chardonnay

Newton, Unfiltered Chardonnay 2015 (R1140) 

'Intense, pristine and concentrated. Aromas of citrus blossom, white peach, brioche, gun smoke and marzipan create wonderful depth. Flavors continue on the palate including lime zest, jasmine and honeydew melon. Wonderfully intense, the fruit blends seamlessly with subtle smoky oak and yeasty complexity to create a textural and vibrant mouthfeel. The juicy acidity balances the profound intensity of the fruit providing great carry and length.' – Winemaker

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