Chardonnay wines - the liberty to drink
Anyone who drinks his way through the wide world cannot help but taste a fresh fruity Chardonnay. Whether white wine, dessert wine, champagne, sparkling wine, Metodo Classico or Spumante - aromatic and mineral, they all shine in the glass. From all corners of the world, winemakers are constantly bringing new creations to the market, surpassing themselves time and time again and experimenting all too lovingly with the light Chardonnay, which can express itself in four different ways.
The soil plays an important role in how the wine later presents itself. Chardonnay grows almost everywhere: France, USA, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Spain, South Africa, Germany, here and there. As long as the soil is deep and the surface warm, the rather robust Chardonnay grape thrives in the vineyards. And reinterprets itself again and again.
Freedom of interpretation - Chardonnay taste
Chardonnay has ideal potential worldwide to develop into a qualitative and extract-rich white wine. In its straw-yellow body with green tendencies, a neutral and fresh aroma spreads, which gains in minerals due to the character of the vineyard. Relatively high alcohol of at least 13% vol. and the well-developed, moderate acidity harmonize with each other and are led by a bloom of fine aromas. One discovers nuances of melon, apples, raspberry, peach, rose, citrus and exotic fruits. Chardonnay wine is also often aged in barrique barrels, giving it a smoky character of tobacco, tea, hazelnut, butter and vanilla.
Natural talent - The origin of Chardonnay
Chardonnay is a natural cross between the Heunisch and Pinot grape varieties, which has developed between the vines of Burgundy. Its name is derived from the small and thistle-rich community of Chardonnay, from where hard-drinking monks distributed the grape variety throughout Europe. The relatively simple cultivation, the possibility to have a great influence on the taste in the wine cellar and the outstanding aroma made the wine world curious.
It was quickly recognised that Chardonnay could be cultivated almost everywhere. Today you can find Chardonnay white wine from every corner of the world. Over 200,000 hectares of cultivated area are cultivated worldwide. Moreover, every winemaker grows his Chardonnay either dry, semi-dry, sweet, noble sweet, extra brut, brut or dry-sec. Varied, versatile and always changing, it is not enough to describe the best Chardonnay white wines - so why Queen of white wine? Goddess of white wine is more appropriate.
Chardonnay - Ancestry
The Chardonnay grape is very important and arguably produces some of the most prestigious wines worldwide. Genetically, the Chardonnay grape is related to Burgundy varieties. The Chardonnay grape has its origins in the mountains of Lebanon and is supposed to have come to Europe with the knights of the Crusades, from which point it was subsequently propegated all over Europe by Sistine and Benedictine monks. Its name was coined much later and means roughly ‘place full of thistles’, most likely after a place in Burgundy of the same name.
The notes of Chardonnay
The Chardonnay grape has high quality potential and produces light to honey-yellow white wines that are medium to full-bodied. Chardonnay wines exhibit notes of blossoms, honey, mango, vanilla and walnuts. Their alcohol content is often around 13.0 percent per volume, and oak cask maturation gives Chardonnay wines a more robust character.
Chardonnay – Winegrowing Regions
Three quarters of the Chardonnay grapevines cultivated in France are located in the vineyards of the Champagne and Burgundy winegrowing regions. All grand white wines from Burgundy are produced from this coveted grape variety, for example in the famous appellations Chablis, Aloxe-Corton, Meursault and Montrachet. The Chardonnay grape is cultivated in almost all European countries, as well as in New Zealand, Australia, South America and North America. In total, around 180 000 hectares of vineyard land is used for Chardonnay wine production worldwide. It has only been approved for vintification Germany since 1991.
Our Chardonnay recommendation
Diamond Collection Gold Label Chardonnay 2015 - Francis Ford Coppola Winery
A dry white wine from California that can compete with the worldwide Chardonnay competition. Intense fruity aromas of yellow fruits, apples, cloves, pineapple and guava express themselves in the golden yellow, structure-rich body. A wonderful summer wine for illustrious rounds and fine seafood.
Les Cépages Chardonnay IGP Pays d'Oc 2016 - Baron Philippe de Rothschild
Chardonnay and Rothschild: everything that has rank and name is united in this yellow-golden white wine from France. The elegant bouquet is marked by fruity aromas of apricot, peach and violet. The palate presents a balanced structure with a fruity finish. The Chardonnay from the Baron Philippe de Rothschild estate draws fine minerals from the calcareous soil and reveals the taste of "Les Cépages". A light and accessible wine for stimulating summer days.
Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese No. 12 Nouvelle Vague 0,375 l 2008 - Weinlaubenhof Kracher
Something fine from Burgenland. Not Zweigelt, but Chardonnay Trockenbeerenauslese No.12, with an intense golden yellow colour and a sweet scent of natural honey, this white wine from Weinlaubenhof Kracher, with fully ripe apples and mango, knows how to convince. The taste is dominated by pear, the elegant body is composed of a fine texture and mineral acidity. A harmonious composition for special occasions.
Things to know about Chardonnay
What is Chardonnay? Wine description Chardonnay
Chardonnay is a white grape variety that is cultivated worldwide. It originates from Burgundy, more precisely from the town of Chardonnay. The grape is considered a noble vine and is cultivated worldwide on over 200,00 hectares. This puts Chardonnay in 5th place of the most cultivated grape varieties in the world. The largest cultivating nations are France, the USA and Argentina.
How do you drink Chardonnay?
Chardonnay white wine is served at a drinking temperature of 12-14°C.
What goes well with Chardonnay?
Chardonnay goes very well with fish and seafood, as well as with roasted meat and asparagus. White wines from barrique barrels harmonize well with hearty cheese and lamb.
How do you store a bottle of Chardonnay?
Simply aged and matured in steel tanks, Chardonnay white wines should be drunk 3 years after the harvest. A longer storage is not recommended. High-quality wines, on the other hand, have a storage potential of up to 10 years and also increase significantly in complexity during this time. As with most wines, the bottles should be stored in a cool, dark and temperature-resistant place.
How long does an open bottle of Chardonnay last?
An open bottle of Chardonnay white wine will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator, provided that the bottle has been closed with the cork or another closure.
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