Most wine lovers agree that Chardonnay is the noblest grape variety among all. But four decades have passed since the Burgundy region had a monopoly of Champagne. Today, it is broadly cultivated all over the globe, and with experienced winemakers and mature vineyards working with the wine, it was overwhelmingly tempting to find out how Chardonnay outside of Burgundy is faring. This is vital particularly since concerns about ever soaring prices and premature oxidation increasingly persuade wine enthusiast to look away from that region. Here are the highest rated Chardonnays:
Fog Head Reserve Chardonnay
This Californian Chardonnay created at a Monterey County vineyard facing the Pacific is named after the late evening and early morning ocean fogs which, along with the sunny days. It offers a multifaceted but balanced selection of citrus and fruit flavors to the wine, along with notes of vanilla and butter. Enjoy with pork, poultry, or pasta.
Sainsbury’s Limoux Chardonnay
The French winemaker, Mr Jean-Claude Mas creates this rich and nourishing Chardonnay in the wine region of Aude. Instilled with flavors of ripe peach and apricot with notes of vanilla and oak, it’s a perfect accompaniment to white rind cheeses or moules marinière.
Marisco The King’s Legacy
Named after a forerunner of the Marisco clan who was, as legend has it, a part of the thirty-five illegitimate children fathered by Henry I, this Chardonnay from New Zealand’s famous Marlborough region has a fittingly regal flavor that has won it recommendations and awards. Think apple, lemon, and nectarines as well as a flavor so clear that it brings some sunshine into your life on the gloomiest day.
Christophe Camu Chablis
It is a light and revitalizing un-oaked Chablis from the sixth-generation Burgundian winemaker. Huge amounts of fruit flavors and a dash of minerals are found in there, too. Take this one with chicken or shellfish, or keep it for three to five years and see those flavors become more complex.
M and S Florent Rouve Viré-Clessé
This lightly-oaked Chardonnay is from the southern part of Burgundy. It is crisp and dry and has lots of citruses, peach, and honeysuckle flavors balanced by a hint of minerals. It’s a fine wine from Viré-Clessé d'Origine Contrôlée created in 1999 and is a splendid addition to chicken or white fish or chicken.
Cooperative Truly Irresistible Chablis
The wine was a second place winner in the global Wine Challenge, and it is not difficult to see why. The attractively priced Chablis is made with clean and crisp citrus flavor with an underlying hint of flint and green apples. When chilled, it is the ideal drink for a hot summer’s afternoon.
Vidal Legacy Chardonnay Hawkes Bay
Do you want to indulge yourself for a special occasion? Produced in small quantities from grapes cultivated in the best Hawkes Bay vineyards, the New Zealand Chardonnay is elegance in a glass, aged for ten months in oak barrels and perfect to keep for five to eight years more. You get elegant, complex, and textured flavors with citrus as well as roasted nut notes.