Description of Chardonnay wine
Chardonnay wine is the most beloved and most popular dry wine in the U.S. and is behind the finest white Burgundies. Chardonnay has many famous key producers: Chateau Montelena, Clos Du Val, Clos Pegase, Concannon, Adelsheim, Chalk Hill, Francis Ford Coppola, Kendall-Jackson, Shafer Vineyards, Huge Bear, Grgich Hills, Beringer, Souverain, Eola Hills, Stony Hill, Freestone, Marcassin, Landmark, Ferrari-Carano, Rodney Strong, Shafer Vineyards, Jacob’s Creek, Spy Valley, Lindemans, Chateau St. Jean, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Louis Jadot.
The Chardonnay grape adapts well to a different climates and is also one of the most widely planted types. Because of this fact it is videly grown all over the world (the best expressions can be found in France, USA and Australia) so it is grown in a broad spectrum of climates and thats the main reason why Chardonnay wine is not very expensive but good.
The taste of Chardonnay wine
Chardonnay has a wide range of flavors it can be buttered, have oak influenced overtones if fermented and matured in barrels. Chardonays has the fresh, fruit flavors of apple, pear, guava, pineapple, citrus and melon tones, grilled nuts and marzipan as well, which leaves a lasting palate impression. Malolactic fermentation Chardonnay has a big buttery flavour which reminds baked goods.
How it is served?
Chardonnay can be served with poultry dishes, pork, seafood and other dishes that have a heavy cream or butter base. Unoaked Chardonnay can be served with guacamole, salads, grilled shrimp or curry dishes. The unoaked fruit-forward Chardonnays has much wider variety of food pairing combinations.
More about Chardonnay wine
Certain regions has different notes of the Chardonnay wine. In Canada a sweet icewine from Chardonnay grapes are produced, the wines from Australia and New Zealand has their own botrytis Chardonnays with butterscotch and golden syrup flavors. Wine from California and Australia vineyards are high in alcohol. Chardonnay grapes are also used for sparkling wines in Champagne and Alsace.