Chardonnay

There is not a wine producing country in the world without some Chardonnay planted.  There are the stellar players of course. Inspirational touchstones include the finest white Burgundy and the more northern limits that produce electric, smoky and green apple-crisp Chablis. 

Villages with the most famous vineyards include Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault.  But great wine also lives in junior appellations like Bourgogne Blanc, Mâcon, Saint Aubin and Petit-Chablis .   

Some climates produce more powerful and opulent fruited Chardonnay, further filled out with nutty, toasted notes from ageing in oak barrels.  Others favour the razor sharp and lean.  Both extremes exist,  but the best wines have evolved to balance these elements.  Regional Australian highlights are Beechworth, Yarra, Geelong, Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Margaret River. New Zealand’s best are also worthy of your explorations.  Whatever your preferred tastes, you’ll find a producer you can follow. 

2019 Yarra Peaks Chardonnay
2019 Vasse Felix Chardonnay
2019 Toolangi Chardonnay
2019 Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay
2019 Little Reddie SYR Lancefield Chardonnay
2019 Bannockburn Chardonnay
2018 William Fèvre Chablis
2018 Pooley Cooinda Chardonnay
2018 Jean Dauvissat Chablis
2018 Famille Paquet Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay
2017 Yarra Peaks Primavera Chardonnay
2017 Silent Way Chardonnay