To celebrate International Chardonnay Day we’ve put together a mixed case of a single varietal that is close to his heart.
Chardonnay can sometimes get a hard press. This is mainly due to the historic winemaking styles employed especially in the new world. Sadly this has caused many to turn their back on what I still consider to be probably the finest white grape variety (although Riesling would have something to say about that!). Chardonnay still makes up the largest portion of my own cellar.
Things have changed in the world of Chardonnay, even in its homeland of Burgundy. Freshness is the watchword across the world, even in the richer styles, winemaking techniques are used to ensure there is acidity and drive in the wines. Almost everyone is using less oak, and less new barrels, lees aging is common giving mouthfeel and body without richness.