Also called Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc, Aubaine, and Beaunois, Chardonnay is a grape variety, mostly distinguishable because of its green-skinned characteristic, that is mostly used for white wine production. The flavor of this variety depends on the climate to where it is grown. In cool climates, it tastes like apple, pear, and green, color and texture tends to be in medium to light body. While when grown in warmer climates, Chardonnay tastes like melon, citrus, and peach.
This grape wine variety was first grown in Eastern France, but today, Chardonnay is grown from England all the way to New Zealand. Chardonnay is a very important ingredient in making sparkling wines like Champagne. This grape variety is one of the most planted varieties in the world, that is why the production of Chardonnay gives easier access to enter the international wine market.
Chardonnay was quite a popular variety until the 1980s because some connoisseurs viewed this variety as the downfall of the globalization of wine. But today, Chardonnay once again is making its way to the top as the most preferred variety in producing white wine. To support this claim, here is a list of the best wine made from the Chardonnay variety.
The Most Superb Chardonnay in the World
Bergstrom Old Stones 2014
This wine is made of Oregon Chardonnay, other than their distinguished Pinot Noir, they also produce Chardonnay, given their climate that is perfect for growing this variety. This line of wine was produced from former Doctor John Bergstrom, now a world-class winemaker. Their family cultivates 85 acres of vineyard that usually produce apple and citrus flavor.
Carmen Gran Serva 2015
From one of Chile’s oldest wineries, comes Carmen Gran Serva. Their Chardonnay produces peach and apple flavors with a hint of oak, to complete the ensemble. Their vineyard is 30 km from the Pacific, the soil together with Chile’s perfect weather creates the fruity flavor in their wine.
Domaine de Roally Vire Clesse 2016
The Domaine de Roally Vire Clesse is made of 100% Chardonnay. Their vineyard is grown in a classic-clay, limestone soil, which affects the flavor of the Chardonnay. This wine is not aged in oak barrels but is rather aged in tanks and battles, thus creating only that fruity and peachy flavor in their Chardonnay wine.
Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2016
As of today, 80% of the whole plantation of Chardonnay in America came from German immigrant C H Wente which was originally taken from Burgundy, thus the name of the winery. This winery is one of the forefathers in America, which started producing white and sparkling wine in the said continent. Their wine offers that tropical fruity flavor, specifically, green apple with a hint of toasty oak.
The Roman Road Chardonnay 2017
Unlike other wineries, the Simpson only produces a limited amount of their line, so its best to purchase one while available. This is because their grape wine only comes from a single vineyard in ta sheltered chalky slopes in the Simpson’s estate. Their wine undergoes conscientious processes to achieve the best wine possible. The Roman Road Chardonnay is usually fermented in a steel tank and then aged in French oak. This wine is best described as fruity and creamy, encapsulating the flavors of melons and other green fruits.
Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2015
All the way from New Zealand, in the Hawkes Bay Region, is the Vidal Winery. This winery produces exceptional wine and is considered the pride and glory of their domain. Their products diligently undergo multiple processes before bottling like fermentation in French barriques, then aged in oak barrels and steel tanks. The process produces a citrus flavor in their wine with a hint of earthy minerals that makes the whole wine, a delicacy.
Scherzinger Batzenberg Kabinett Trocken Chardonnay 2015
As connoisseurs would advise, this drink is best paired with seafood or chicken dishes. For 500 years, this winery has been producing the best Chardonnay, so it’s never a secret that they have discovered a thing or two in improving their techniques in wine-making. The sad part here is that German Chardonnay’s are not typically sold in some parts of the UK. So don’t miss out and try their wine that comes with a sweet pineapple aroma and grapefruit.
DeMorgenzon Stellenbosch Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Though it may seem that other people find their wine production peculiar, but the resulting wine flavor are out of this world. All the way from South Africa, their vineyard is carefully cultivated by planting flowers on the side while the growing plants listen to Baroque music. Their wine offers an apricot and peach flavor with a hint of earthy materials.
Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2016
This wine is a complex Chardonnay, requiring grapes from 40 different family estates to create one product. The wine grapes needed are all from the southern region of Burgundy and this allowed a fruity flavor with oakiness and balanced acidity.