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Chardonnay

What can be added to the vast amount that has been written about Chardonnay? It is a grape that has been adored and hated, often for the very same reasons. It has been created in some areas in such a way that the name of the grape is forgotten and the area name has taken precedence. It has been blended with practically everything else and made on its own in so many different styles, often creating a trend in the market and then, just as quickly, responding to shifts and recreating itself for changing tastes. From in-your-face big bold oaked monsters to supremely elegantly crafted masterpieces, we have tried them all and all of them have been loved, at least by someone, somewhere.

It is impossible to give any generic tasting characteristics of Chardonnay as it is such a versatile grape and differing methods of vinification can lead to very different aroma and palate results.

We offer Chardonnay from France (Beaujolais, Mâcon, Burgundy, Champagne), Italy, New Zealand, Austria and Switzerland. Each is a fine example and each a different expression of this international superstar. Of course the less well known areas hold previously untasted secrets, Wachau, Styria, Burgenland, Weinvertal, Geneva and Valais. Forget any prejudices and long-held beliefs, this is where the new Chardonnay adventure begins.

Chardonnay is an international grape variety that originated in eastern central France although there have been claims that it comes from Lebanon. These claims can be disproved since DNA testing has identified Chardonnay’s parents and neither have ever been cultivated in Lebanon.

Chardonnay is a natural cross between Pinot and Gouais Blanc. It is therefore, the sibling of Melon, Gamay Noir, Aligoté and many others. The three named are significant because Chardonnay has been known under variations of their names at times in the past. In Switzerland, Chardonnay has been crossed with Chasselas to produce Doral.

Chardonnay' Wines

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Austria
White

Weingut Diem
Ordered for a special tasting of the best of Cool Climates. Amazing vintage.
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France
White

Jerome Lacondemine (Vincent Lacondemine)
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Switzerland
White

Cave de La Côte
From near Morges on Lake Geneva. Very smooth
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Austria
White

Stift Klosterneuburg
Elegant Sparkling Wine.
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Austria
White

Heidi Schröck
A sweet wine for dining pairings.
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Switzerland
White

Cave de La Côte
One of the best sparkling wine in Switzerland.
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France
White

Château Thivin
Tight and racy Chardonnay
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France
White

Domaine Matray
Fresh and elegant
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Austria
White

Weingut Steininger
Blend of Burgundian grapes, classy sparkling
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Austria
White

Heidi Schröck
Heidi's mastery shows best in her whites. This is Chardonnay!
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Austria
White

Harald Breitenfelder
Crystalline Chardonnay, expect harp music in liquid form
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Switzerland
White

Giroud, Sion
Alpine Chardonnay from Valais, a summer one
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Switzerland
White

Cave de La Côte
Swiss French oaked Chardonnay for dining
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Austria
White

Hofbauer
Austrian Cool Climate Chardonnay
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Austria
White

Leo Alzinger
Dazzling Chardonnay
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Switzerland
White

Simon Maye & Fils
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Austria
White

Stift Klosterneuburg
Delicious Chardonnay from Vienna
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Austria
White

From Styria, with a salinity and warm fruit.
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Austria
White

Weingut Günter & Regina Triebaumer
Goes with just about everything. Goes with Life!.
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Austria
White

Josef Lentsch
A gorgeous TBA. A blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay.
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