Your Best Chardonnay Style Guide
Yes it is that day when Chardonnay gets its rightful day in the sun across the world. Then again, many an oenophile will scoff at the idea that International Chardonnay Day that falls randomly on May 26th is just another occasion to talk up the most well knonw white wine there is -– something the global wine clique does almost the whole year round anyway. So vast an empire of aficionados that this French noble grape enjoys that wine drinkers hardly need reminding of just how good and versatile Chardonnay is. So why not remind you again of Chardonnay’s popularity and proven heft to turn out great wine year up year. Chardonnay makes wines that please a spectrum of palates right from easy drinking citrusy quaff to opulent barrel aged expressions that can drink well for decades. No other white wine can boast of such diversity.
Of Burgundian descent, Chardonnay owes its international profile in large measure to its ability to adapt to varying climates unlike the other famous Burgundy grape Pinot Noir that is notoriously difficult to tend to. Chardonnay is French by origin but has planted its flag in neighbouring Italy and buoyed the New World to great success, especially the likes of New Zealand and South Africa. And we’ve gathered up some sterling expressions from each of these countries to treat you to a masterclass of Chardonnay styles that you should take in the best way to boss wine – taste them through!