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Chardonnay is surely the most successful and popular white wine. It is origin from Burgundy (France), but easily can be found everywhere in the world even for example in Lebanon. Planted on the planet over on 400.000 acres and sometimes you can hear about it like Chardenay, Shardone, Blanc de Cramant, or in German relate places: Weiss Clevner. Discover it with us!
Nowadays was proved that Chardonnay is the result of cross between Pinotand Gouais Blanc which was taken from the Balcans by Romans, long, long time ago. World wide known because Chardonnay can adopt almost all vineyards soils. The green skin grape in itself is quite neutral and hinted by terrior and oak.
French regions like Burgundy produce nice Chardonnays. White Burgundy Chardonnay is a very unique wine as region usually known as a „red-maker”. Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy account for more than three-fifths of all Chardonnay plantings in France.
In the Champagne, Chardonnay is one of three major grape varieties planted in the region, very good material for Champagne making. Chardonnay by Marcleh
Outside of France planted in the U.S., where winemakers make from New York to Washington State.
Leaving U.S. but staying in the American continent we can found breathtaking almond and huzelnuts aromas from the Chilean winemakers’s gift, in the Maycas del Limari Chardonnay (2006).
After flying over The Pacific Ocean landing in Australia we must try a Aussie Chardonnay as well. Their vineyards generally in the South region but there are some on the West as well. Unforgettable, clear and fulfilled with vanilla the Ridgeback Chardonnay from 2003.
Our world around trip is finishing in sunlit Italy. Vineyards’ palette is wide from this white wine as well. Sometimes confused with Pinot blanc. Though many varietal form of Chardonnay are produced, and the numbers are increasing, for most of its history in Italian winemaking Chardonnay was a blending grape. Tuscan Chardonnays are well-known and one of our favourite is the “apricotti and spicy” Mandra Rossa Chardonnay (2004) which goes with Ceasar Salad.
Finally let’s try to cook and pair something with Chardonnay (not so difficult knowing its wide selection):
Unwooded Chardonnay 2008 - Cheese Souffle
Cheers and Bon Appetit!