That’s right, International Chardonnay Day is May 24th and we wanted to give you the inside scoop on this incredibly unique and delicious white wine. From California to Australia, Chardonnay is known across the globe for a range of profiles. Wines made from the grape can be rich, creamy, oaky, and buttery at times, while at others Chardonnay is incredibly lean, tropical, and crisp. It is truly a varietal which can be discovered again and again.
Chardonnay Across the Globe
While most people know that Chardonnay is a French grape, few people realize that it is actually Pinot Noir crossed with a nearly extinct variety. Chardonnay is a is both a rock star and an everyday wine. While it has been prized in Burgundy and Champagne for centuries, it was a bit of a late bloomer in the new world, especially the United States. In 1960 there were less than 1,000 acres planted in all of California, and it was not until the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976 that the varietal truly became valued in the States.
In the Winery
One of the greatest characteristics of Chardonnay is its ability to respond well to many winemaking practices. The grape itself is actually quite neutral, so it soaks up flavor from the techniques winemakers employ. Unlike many other common white varietals, Chardonnay will often undergo malolactic fermentation which gives it that classic buttery profile and round mouthfeel. The varietal also responds well to a fair amount of oak. New oak will give Chardonnay complex notes of baking spice and vanilla.
With its expressive terroir, Chardonnay is truly a grape capable of reflecting the region where it was grown.
A Few of Our Favorites
Here at Firstleaf our number one priority is making sure that each of your club shipments provides you with the opportunity to taste delicious wines, no matter what style you enjoy. For International Chardonnay Day we highlighted three of our favorite Chardonnays from around the globe, each a reflection of the beautiful region from where the grapes were sourced.
Australian wine has come a long way over the last few decades, and the 2017 Idlewright Chardonnay is a great example of the depth that can be found in the wines produced there. An opulent texture with a round mouthfeel creates harmony. Ripe melon with a refreshing touch of citrus balanced with a subtle nuttiness and spice. This Chardonnay is the perfect companion to a gnocchi with garlic cream sauce and salmon, roasted asparagus, and nutty aged.
Like its namesake, the Yellow Spot Delias Chardonnay is enchanting. It floats and flutters with effervescent citrus flavors playing off of melon, baking spice, and vanilla. With an easy mouthfeel and pure fruit expression, this wine is great for pairing with fresh, fleshy fish. The creamy texture and subtle buttery characters are offset by hints of oak. We’ve loved it especially with pan seared scallops, fresh salads, and cream based sauces. Let the Yellow Spot Delias 2017 Chardonnay float you away to somewhere a little warmer, and a little quieter.
This classic Paso Robles Chardonnay is all elegance. This wine is a showcase of what the warm California climate can bring to a Chardonnay. The ripe stone fruit flavors and viscous texture are supported by notes of vanilla and cinnamon that come from the French Oak barrels and add a beautiful touch of complexity to this bottle. Secondary notes of citrus play across the palate and give it a touch of intrigue when paired with food.
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