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Chardonnay

Chablis

Montrachet / Burgundy




Some terms to look out for:

Oak ageing: if this occurs in old oak then it affects the texture and the shape of the wine, softening the edges, producing creamier, rounder wines. New oak contributes sweet spice, toast and vanilla characters as well as tannin, making for richer, more structured styles.

Malo/Malolactic fermentation: This is the process where malic acid (present in green apples) is converted into lactic acid (present in dairy products). It creates a creamy, round mouthfeel and can contribute to butter and dairy aromas.

Chardonnay is the most widely planted white variety in Australia, and the second most widely planted worldwide. It is neither aromatic nor overtly fruity and be coaxed into many different forms. It is prized for the unmatched ability to transmit terroir and produces some of the best (and most expensive) wines in the world.

The fruit spectrum ranges from granny smith apples and lemon (in cooler climates like Chablis) through to tropical fruit like pineapple, melon and mango in warmer ones (like parts of California and Australia).

Secondary notes like cheese, butter, brioche, toast and vanilla may appear based on certain winemaking decisions. As such, it helps to know a few winemaking terms when trying to locate a particular style. These are explained below.

Wines from Chablis are often described with words like lean and flinty, and may show notes of granny smith apple, lemon and wet stone. Bear in mind that as the world warms up, wines from Chablis are becoming richer, with a riper fruit profile. Chardonnay peaks in Burgundy and these examples are noted for their power, drive and ageability. Australian examples vary depending on place and winemaker but tend to tread a middle path where ripe stone fruit and biscuity notes are balanced with refreshing acidity.



Lees ageing/stirring:
as the yeast cells die and collect at the bottom of the barrel or tank, they form lees. Lees contribute biscuity, cheesey notes to a wine (lees are a huge part of what makes Champagne and Muscadet taste the way they do). If the wine is left alone, it may be flinty and tightly coiled. If it is stirred, it will be softer and rounder, with more prominent flavours of brioche, almond or parmesan.

Big buttery wines tend to feature all of the above, whereas as lean and flinty wines feature few, if any.

Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat - Les Varrons Vieilles Vignes 2018
Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat - Les Varrons Vieilles Vignes 2018

Anne & Jean-Francois Ganevat - Les Varrons Vieilles Vignes 2018

$250.00
Bobar - Chardonnay 2020
Bobar - Chardonnay 2020

Bobar - Chardonnay 2020

$36.00
Bottle of Borrachio 'Battered Sav' 2020 750ml
Bottle of Borrachio 'Battered Sav' 2020 750ml

Borachio - Battered Sav 2020

$42.00
Borachio - Carbonic Chardonnay 2021
Borachio - Carbonic Chardonnay 2021

Borachio - Carbonic Chardonnay 2021

$40.00
Catherine & Gilles Verge - l'Ecart 2009
Catherine & Gilles Verge - l'Ecart 2009

Catherine & Gilles Verge - l'Ecart 2009

$120.00
Bottle of Domaine Buronfosse 'Les Ammonites' 2018 Chardonnay 750ml
Bottle of Domaine Buronfosse 'Les Ammonites' 2018 Chardonnay 750ml

Domaine Buronfosse - Chardonnay Ammonites 2018

$85.00
Domaine de la Borde - La Marcette 2019
Domaine de la Borde - La Marcette 2019

Domaine de la Borde - La Marcette 2019

$95.00
Domaine de la Pinte - Chardonnay Classic 2018
Domaine de la Pinte - Chardonnay Classic 2018

Domaine de la Pinte - Chardonnay Classic 2018

$76.00
Domaine Marc Delienne - La Jacarde Chardonnay 2019
Domaine Marc Delienne - La Jacarde Chardonnay 2019

Domaine Marc Delienne - La Jacarde Chardonnay 2019

$92.00
Bottle of Eleni & Edouard Vocoret Chablis 'Le Bas de Chapelot' 2019 750ml
Bottle of Eleni & Edouard Vocoret Chablis 'Le Bas de Chapelot' 2019 750ml

Eleni & Edouard Vocoret - Chablis Le Bas de Chapelot 2019

$90.00
Bottle of Eleni & Edouard Chablis 'Le Boucheron' 2019 750ml
Bottle of Eleni & Edouard Chablis 'Le Boucheron' 2019 750ml

Eleni & Edouard Vocoret - Chablis Le Boucheron 2019

$90.00
Gentle Folk - Ashton Chardonnay 2020
Gentle Folk - Ashton Chardonnay 2020

Gentle Folk - Ashton Chardonnay 2020

$58.00
Georges Deschamps - Petit Chablis 2020
Georges Deschamps - Petit Chablis 2020

Georges Deschamps - Petit Chablis 2020

$46.00
Bottle of Guillemot-Michel 'Quintaine' Vire-Clesse 2018 750ml
Bottle of Guillemot-Michel 'Quintaine' Vire-Clesse 2018 750ml

Guillemot-Michel - Quintaine Vire-Clesse 2018

$85.00
Bottle of J.M Berrux 'Le Petit Tetu' 2019 750ml
Bottle of J.M Berrux 'Le Petit Tetu' 2019 750ml

J.M. Berrux - Le Petit Tetu 2019

$85.00
Kindeli - Luna Nueva 2020
Kindeli - Luna Nueva 2020

Kindeli - Luna Nueva 2020

$42.00
M&J Becker - Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2021
M&J Becker - Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2021

M&J Becker - Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2021

$32.00
Minim - Faraday Chardonnay 2020
Minim - Faraday Chardonnay 2020

Minim - Faraday Chardonnay 2020

$39.00
Bottle of Ngeringa Single Vineyard Summit Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Bottle of Ngeringa Single Vineyard Summit Chardonnay 2018 750ml

Ngeringa - Single Vineyard Summit Chardonnay 2018

$55.00
Parley - Capitaine Chardonnay 2021
Parley - Capitaine Chardonnay 2021

Parley - Capitaine Chardonnay 2021

$38.00
Si Vintners - Ada Chardonnay 2020
Si Vintners - Ada Chardonnay 2020

Si Vintners - Ada Chardonnay 2020

$59.00
Bottle of Si Vintners 'Bella' Chardonnay 2019 750ml
Bottle of Si Vintners 'Bella' Chardonnay 2019 750ml

Si Vintners - Bella Chardonnay 2019

$48.00
Si Vintners - Halcyon Chardonnay 2018
Si Vintners - Halcyon Chardonnay 2018

Si Vintners - Halcyon Chardonnay 2018

$75.00
Sonshine Vins - Blanksia Chardonnay 2020
Sonshine Vins - Blanksia Chardonnay 2020

Sonshine Vins - Blanksia Chardonnay 2020

$52.00
The Other Right - Fawn 2021
The Other Right - Fawn 2021

The Other Right - Fawn 2021

$42.00