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Chardonnay wine: who doesn't know it? 

The Chardonnay is one of the most famous grapes in the world and can rightly be called an international grape variety.

Chardonnay most likely comes from – yes – the village of Chardonnay, in France, where the grape originated from four subspecies: a medieval grape, the Franche-Comté, the gouais blanc and pinot noir. Chardonnay wines and grapes are always white. The best chardonnay wines come from Burgundy and Champagne, but since the chardonnay grape adapts excellently to new environments, a good chardonnay wine can also find its origin elsewhere. You can also drink chardonnay wine from Spain, Bulgaria, China, Australia and Romania, to name just a few examples.


What does a chardonnay wine taste like?


That depends on the final combination of grapes, but there is certainly agreement about the taste of a chardonnay from a certain region. The chardonnays from Burgundy contain aromas of brioche, fresh butter, hazelnuts and grilled bread. Chardonnays from warmer regions, on the other hand, contain more aromas of citrus fruits, pineapple and tropical fruits. A chardonnay wine, if produced according to the right method, can certainly be stored, but a chardonnay wine that has been produced on a larger scale is best when you don't leave it for too long. Chardonnay wines go particularly well on a summer terrace with a fish, if possible from the grill. Lean fish is a good option, but fatty fish, such as salmon, also work great thanks to its inherent firmness.


About the Chardonnay Grape


One of the most notable characteristics of the Chardonnay grape is its ability to thrive in a variety of climates and soil types. From the cooler regions of Champagne to the warmer regions of California, the Chardonnay thrives just about everywhere. This has contributed to its global spread and popularity.

The Chardonnay grape has a great influence on wine styles. The choice of vinification methods and maturation techniques can lead to a wide range of flavor profiles. From fresh, citrusy notes to complex, buttery aromas, the Chardonnay offers a range of possibilities for winemakers to make their mark on the final wine.

In addition to Burgundy, where the grape originates, there are numerous other regions worldwide that are known for their excellent Chardonnay wines. These include the Napa Valley in California, the Yarra Valley in Australia and the Casablanca Valley in Chile.

The Chardonnay grape is a true gem in the world of viticulture. Its adaptability and influence on wine styles make it a favorite among winemakers and wine lovers around the world. Whether you're enjoying a refreshing, mineral Chablis or a rich, buttery California Chardonnay, this grape continues to reinvent and surprise itself.

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