Chardonnay is the world's most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. The grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors trying to replicate the rich Burgundies of Montrachet. Chardonnay is also an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne. A peak in popularity in the late 1980s gave way to the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) backlash among those who saw the grape as a leading negative component of the globalization of wine. However it is seen as a ""rite of passage"" and an easy entry into the international wine market for new wine regions.
Domaine Daniel Dampt is one of the most well-regarded Chablis producers, creating wines of exceptional purity and freshness. Chablis is 100% Chardonnay grown on soils with fossilized shellfish. Because of that, the wine is a perfect pairing for oysters. Fresh lemon and green apple, an elegant minerality, with a lively finish. Fresh, elegant and concentrated. Drink now and over the next 4 years.
This climat is a former quarry and is named for the size of a stone facing. This wine has an elegant nose showing white flowers and citrus, and a palate that is both lively as well as dense, ample and powerful. Notes of butter and brioche come through and linger on the long fresh finish.
While Chardonnay can grow in many different climates, it thrives in cool, temperate regions like Oregon. The name Elouan means ‘good light’, which is reflective of the typically cool summers, yet abundant sunshine, found in this northern winegrowing region.
Produced from premium fruit selected from a variety of top vineyard sites in Napa Valley, the 2018 Magistrate Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay is a full-bodied wine that really delivers in the flavour department. A rich, golden colour in the glass, the bouquet unfolds with aromas of baked pear and apple, followed by tropical fruit and a lively hit of citrus. The palate is rich and broad with some buttery oak and creamy flavours on the finish.
Franciacorta is one of the best-kept secrets among lovers of traditionally made sparkling wine. Champagne and Cava are fairly well understood in our market: Franciacorta less so. Not to be outdone, the region stipulates the wine must receive longer lees contact than the minimum required for Cava and Champagne. A case in point is this Brut, which receives 36 months of aging on lees before disgorgement.
L’Etoile is a very small Appellation within the Jura region, so named as it’s limestone rich soils contain fossils that mirror the 5 points of a star. As well, the village is surrounded by 5 hills which also mimic the star formation.
Joe Wagner’s Tuli begins with top tier Chardonnay vineyards growing throughout Sonoma County’s cool Pacific Coast. The wine spends 12 months in French oak barrels (50% new and 50% neutral oak) and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Pale gold in color, this Chardonnay has aromas of pear and citrus. Layers of lightly toasted oak and vanilla complement the Fuji apple and honeydew melon flavours on the palate.Lively acidity keeps it all fresh and wanting more.
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