Chardonnay has incredible versatility and can be picked over quite a wide range of sugar levels and flavour ripeness.
The variety takes its name from the village of Chardonnay near Uchizy in the Mâconnais, in southern Burgundy. A region gaining in reputation for the production of delicious Chardonnay. Thought to have originated from Sâone-et-Loire between Lyon and Dijon.
Where is it grown?
Burgundy is the mythical home of Chardonnay. From there it spreads far and wide across the world. One of the three main varieties of Champagne production, we also see massive plantings in Australia and North America. You’ll find it somewhere in pretty much every wine growing country.
In Australia 340,000 tonnes of Chardonnay grapes are harvested each year over four times more than the No.2 white grape in Australia, Sauvignon Blanc!
What does it taste like?
There are a vast array of flavours, aromas, and, textures that Chardonnay can offer from the fruit alone, add in use of solid, fermentation vessels like oak, eggs, and tanks, and, malolactic fermentation, the sky is the limit.
Chardonnay has incredible versatility and can be picked over quite a wide range of sugar levels and flavour ripeness. The same vineyard can be picked with enough sugar to make a wine of 10-11% alcohol for sparkling production and then 14% for table wine with anything in between possible. Picked earlier it tends to have more citrus and green apple characters. Picked ripper the natural acidity drops and the flavours progress through stone fruit, to pineapple, fig and melon.
The hand of the winemaker has been particularly evident in Australia over the last 20 years. Starting with big, broad, alcoholic full malo styles in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the pendulum swung to the lean, acid driven styles in Australia in the mid-00’s, with some down right mean wines produced in the cooler climates like the Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, Mornington, and, Tasmania. Currently, styles have found balance with generosity and elegance. Australian Chardonnay is the best it has ever been. Restrained oak use is thankfully the norm, and, globally we are seeing greater use of larger oak barrels, reducing the influence of any new oak.
Use of wild fermentation, malolactic fermentation and grape solids in ferments can add an array of secondary aromas and flavours, nuttiness, creaminess, bakery notes, butteriness, funk.
Some makers have played heavily with reduction in Chardonnay often resulting in flinty, burnt match characters.
In Burgundy, climate change, just as in Australia (along with mature vineyards) has seen picking times bought forward with sugar levels maintaining. The degree of chaptalisation in Burgundy is reducing and is often not required at all.
The latest addition to Adrian's Chardonnay range. The Baxendale is supple plush, clean & long. For mine the most immediately approachable$38ea in any 3+, $36ea in any 6+ $40.00 More Info
A.Rodda ‘Baxendale’ Whitlands Chardonnay 2018
Adrian's 2018's have followed on where the 2017's left off. The harmony, texture and personality are all there!$38ea in any 3+, $36ea in any 6+ $40.00 More Info
A.Rodda ‘Smiths’ Beechworth Chardonnay 2018
The Willow Lake has excellent depth and length, with the acid to match the fruit intensity. It needs the most time to resolve of Adrian's 3 Chardonnays. When it does it is going to be freaky good.$38ea in any 3+, $36ea in any 6+ $40.00 More Info
A.Rodda ‘Willow Lake’ Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
- NEXT LEVEL
Grand Cru powerhouse! When Champagne has gone flat & is still delicious you know you're onto something good!Seriously outstanding fizz!$795.00 More Info
Agrapart Terroirs Blanc de Blancs JEROBOAM 3L NV
- $74ea in any 3+, $70ea in any 6+ $78.00 More Info
André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé ‘Les Prêtres de Quintaine’ 2016
- $49ea in any 3+, $47ea in any 6+ $51.00 More Info
André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2017
- Stelvin Lux
62 year old vines, insanely low yields = Outstanding Chardonnay!A cracking site!From $210ea $230.00 More Info
Benjamin Leroux Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos 2015
- Stelvin Lux
A wine of impressive breed and intense minerality. Les Vireuils was raised with 15% new oak.45 Year Old VinesFrom $130ea $140.00 More Info
Benjamin Leroux Meursault Les Vireuils 2015
- Stelvin Lux
In 2015 Leroux vinified only a single (used) barrel of this cuvée. It’s a super vibrant wine packed with citrus and grapefruit and a precise, tapering finish. “Outstanding” just about covers it.Only 240 bottles made!From $140ea $150.00 More Info
Benjamin Leroux Meursault Narvaux 2015
- *$102 for 1 Twin Pack, $97 for 2, $92 for 3+ $102.00 More Info
Chardonnay Smack Down ‘Aussie vs French’ Round #1
- Stelvin Lux
While it is clearly riper than 2014, it remains racy and crystalline with nectarine and citrus fruits and a notable core of chalky, mineral freshness.Vineyards next to MersaultFrom $75ea $80.00 More Info
Domaine Benjamin Leroux Auxey-Duresses Blanc 2015
- Stelvin Lux
When your vineyard neighbours are Coche and Roulot there's a fair chance you going to get some cracking fruit!Packed with fruit from Mersault!$57.5 in any 3+ $55 in any 6+ $60.00 More Info
Domaine Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Blanc 2015
- Stelvin Lux
The 2015 is a succulent, layered, glowing wine that is very fine and pure and multilayered with a salty tang.100% Estate VineyardsFrom $120ea $130.00 More Info
Domaine Benjamin Leroux Mersault Blanc 2015
This is a delicious drink straight off the bat!$61ea in any 3+, $58ea in any 6+ $64.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017
From the elevate line of Chassagne 1er Cru's pushing towards Grand Cru status, including La Romanée and Les Caillerets$320ea in any 3+, $310ea in any 6+ $330.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Grandes Ruchottes’ 2017
Grandes Ruchottes is one of the Chassagne 1er Cru's the locals classify as Grand Cru. It's not often I can say we have 2% of an entire wines production! I can with this wine!Stunning Vineyard!$720ea in any 2+ $750.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Grandes Ruchottes’ MAGNUM 2016
Where Morgeot is a bolder site, Maltoire tends to be a finer 1er Cru for Moreau.$192ea in any 3+, $185ea in any 6+ $199.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Maltoire’ 2016
On the spectrum from elegant to bold, La Maltoire is always on the more elegant side$199ea in any 3+, $189ea in any 6+ $209.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Maltoire’ 2017
There's Morgeot and there's Morgeot. Alex has an excellent parcel. One of the bolder 1er Cru's amongst his holdings!$199ea in any 3+, $192ea in any 6+ $206.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Morgeot’ 2016
On the spectrum from elegant to bold 'Morgeot' is always on the richer side of Alex's wines.$215ea in any 3+, $205ea in any 6+ $225.00 More Info
Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Morgeot’ 2017