Chardonnay – The Winemaker’s Wine
One of the things that makes Chardonnay wines stand out from all other wines, of course, is its reputation. Chardonnay is indisputably the world’s most famous white wine, and the white-wine grape that produces them are among the most widely planted white wine grape in the industry.
The most esteemed of the Chardonnay white-wine grape comes from grapes produced in Burgundy, France, and in California. However, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, and parts of South America are known for making high-quality Chardonnay in their own right.
The Flavor of Chardonnay
Chardonnay gains its reputation because of its distinctive flavors and aromas. There are few wines with as many flavors and aromas in a single bottle of wine as Chardonnay. Chardonnay wines have a lot of aromatic complexity thanks to the sophisticated wine-making techniques developed around its production. It can be a ’buttery-biscuit’ flavor akin to eating a delicious, freshly baked biscuit with your dinner, or a ‘fruity flavors wine’, tasting like the juiciest, most delectable fruits on the planet. Perfect as an after-dinner treat.
Chardonnay gets its unique aroma from the oak caskets they are stored in. Over time, the chemicals from the aged oak are absorbed by the wine, giving it not only enhanced flavor, but maloactic fermentation, which gives it distinct, buttery aromas.
The oak caskets gives the Chardonnay wine hints of vanilla, hints of sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon, and a subtle, yet noticeable smoky flavor (as odd as that is to picture). Chardonnay also acquires its distinctive doughy, and buttery flavors from the chemical processes that occur when the fermented wine is aged caskets made of oak.
Much much of the fame, uniqueness, and distinctive taste and aroma all come from specially developed techniques refined over centuries of extensive winemaker involvement. Because of this dedication, Chardonnay is known affectionately within the winemaker’s world as, “The Winemaker’s Wine”. The Mona Lisa of the wine world.
But Chardonnay isn’t limited to a single variety of flavor, or aroma. The buttery, flavor-neutral taste of Chardonnay, complete with a hint of vanilla and sweet spice, is simply the most recognizable characteristics of the wine.
Like any good wine, its many flavors are varied to suit any taste. Chardonnay wines have flavors ranging from tropical flavors, such as banana, melon, pineapple, to stone-fruits such as peach, apricot, and nectarine, to citrus and apples. This gives Chardonnay the distinction of being a ”fruity flavors wine”.
Synonyms: Morillon, Pinot Chardonnay, Feiner Weisser Burgunder.
Food matches for Chardonnay include:
Butternut squash risotto (risotto alla zucca)
Japanese-style pork belly
Roast chicken with honey-sesame carrots