What’s even better? National Chardonnay Day is followed a few days later by National Wine Day. So we can celebrate our favorite Chardonnay wines back-to-back!
Chardonnay is the world’s fifth most planted grape and its second most planted white grape variety.
4 great Chardonnay to discover
1. Rich & Fruity Oaked Chardonnay from California
Clarksburg Chardonnay’s signature apple and pear notes flourish in the incredible aromas and first sips of this wine. The rich, round entry is full of fruit, including touches of tropical pineapple and guava. The elegant and creamy mouthfeel wraps around the fruit and leads to spicy notes of nutmeg and toasty vanilla, left behind by over 8 months of aging in American oak. The finish lingers like the last bite of that buttery crème brule.
95 points / Gold Medal – California State Wine Competition 2018 (2016 vintage)
2. Explosive, Expressive, Truly Excellent Meursault
“Lime blossom, citronella, toast, vanilla and citrus flavors pervade this sleek, tense white. Opens with air, staying focused and long on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2024.”
92 points – Wine Spectator, May 2017
3. Lovely Burgundy Chardonnay
Prominent note of fresh apples intermingle with pears and white flower petals with an ever-so slight hint of oak. The vibrant palate has a hearty structure and elegant fruit characteristics. Soft finish with a hint of oak and minerals.
4. Beautiful sparkling wine Crémant du Jura
Domaine Baud Peres et Fils “Blanc de Blanc” Brut, Crémant de Jura is an exceptional Value. It can beat your average Non-Vintage Champagne in a blind tasting, at less then half the price. Jura is the mountainous region that lies north of the western Alps in France. They are well known for the production of Vin Jaune and their incredible values in sparkling wines.
This sparkler or Crémant is made in the traditional Champagne style, known as “Method Champenoise .” It is a “Blanc de Blanc”, which means it is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Also it is a Brut, when talking Champagnes, that means it is dry, not sweet.
92 points – David Lawrason, WineAlign, Aug 2018
Where to find these wines?
→ Chardonnay by Bogle Vineyards 2017
→ Meursault by Domaine Chanson 2014
→ Bourgogne Chardonnay by David Butterfield 2015
→ Crémant de Jura Brut Blanc de Blancs by Domaine Baud NV