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Chardonnay

From one grape, a multitude of flavors. From oak-aged and creamy to unoaked and dry.

About Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white grape variety that originated in the French region of Burgundy. Wine from this grape is made in a wide range of styles due to Chardonnay’s unique ability to grow in varying climates.

 

The first style is sparkling, from Chardonnay grapes are grown in cool climates across the world. These are often used to make light, effervescent styles of wine. When labeled “Blanc de Blancs,” the wine will be 100% Chardonnay.

 

Next are lean, crisp, and unoaked styles of Chardonnay, commonly produced in cool to moderate climates. This style is fermented and aged in stainless steel, preserving the delicate fruit characteristics of the grape.

 

Finally, rich and creamy styles of Chardonnay are typically produced in moderate to warm climates. This style is created by fermentation and/or aging in new - or partially new - oak barrels, and often goes through the process of malolactic conversion. This process softens acidity and adds a creamy texture and buttery flavors to the final wine.

The Characteristics of Chardonnay

This beloved white grape is one of the most diverse on the planet. Many consider it to be the grape behind the finest white in the world: Burgundy. Its style can range from oaky and vanilla scented to crisp, clean and lean. It also is one of the three grapes used to make Champagne and the only grape that is used for Blanc de blancs.

 

 

"Chardonnay is native to France and today is one of the most widely planted international varieties. Good wine examples can be found from many areas around the world, notably California, the Pacific Northwest, and Australia, although the best examples undoubtedly come from the top vineyards of Burgundy, France,” shares Eric Hemer, senior vice president and director of wine education at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.