Chardonnay is the most noble of the white wine grapes, producing more high quality wines than any other white variety. Its ancestral home is in Burgundy, its palace garden is Le Montrachet. Burgundy, the color, is red, as is much of the wine from Burgundy, the place. Chardonnay is the premier white grape of the region, and makes classic wines. Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet are the villages that are most closely identified with White Burgundy.
In the new world, Chardonnay has found a new home in just about every wine growing country. In the United States, cooler climates like the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County and the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbera make outstanding, rich Chardonnay. Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa all make fine Chardonnay.
Clean and very crisp in the mouth with a Chablis-like minerality, balanced by invigorating acidity and energetic tension. There is a well-crafted Chardonnay with plenty of youthful charm and layered complexity. Bart Hopkins_read more
Of the four hectares that Chandon de Briailles owns in Île de Vergelesses, one hectare is planted to Chardonnay. It's a clay and limestone soil, which is a part of the same geological break as Charlemagne; with more clay at the bottom of the parcel and very calcareous at the top_read more