About the wine
Rich is the word that best both describes Chardonnay
and explains its popularity. Its aroma is distinct, yet delicate, difficult to characterize, easier to recognize. It often smells like apples, lemons, peaches or tropical fruits. Its delicacy is such that even a small percentage of another varietal blended into a Chardonnay
will often completely dominate its aroma and flavor. Oak commonly takes over Chardonnay
if the wine is fermented or aged in new barrels or for too long in seasoned ones.
This delicacy also allows Chardonnay
to absorb the influences of both vinification technique and appellation of origin. In the Chablis region of France, it is the only grape permitted and it renders a "crisp, flinty" wine. In the Meursault appellation, chardonnay
takes on a lush, ripe, "fleshy", "buttery" quality. Even in quality sparkling wines and French Champagne, it is the major varietal used. California Chardonnay
is every bit as variable and possibly even more exciting because of the effusive varietal quality it develops there. In spite of this variety in style, Chardonnay
is unmistakable in the mouth because of its impeccable sugar/acid balance, its full body, and its easy smoothness.
Researchers at the University of California at Davis used DNA profiling in 1999 to prove that Chardonnay
originated as a cross of an obscure, ancient, and nearly extinct variety called gouais blanc with a member of the "pinot" family, quite likely pinot noir (although ampelographic research has not yet been able to pinpoint this)
America’s number one selling white wine, continues to climb the production ladders to emerge as the most beloved of dry white wines in the U.S. The Chardonnay grape itself also contributes to the wine’s popularity. It is a relatively “low-maintenance” vine that adapts well to a variety of climates, resulting in fairly high yields worldwide. These high yields translate into millions of bottles of Chardonnay wines.
boast an impressive range of flavors from the expected buttered, oak overtones to the fresh, fruit flavors of apple, pear, citrus and melon, leaving a lasting palate impression.
will pair well with poultry dishes, pork, seafood or recipes that have a heavy cream base.