Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the world, thanks in part to the versatility of its grapes with their mid-season ripening and high yields.
There is no such thing as a typical flavour profile for Chardonnays - the taste will very much depend on the location that the grapes are grown. Some of the flavours often associated with Chardonnay are apple, pear, melon, citrus fruits and tropical fruits; together with oaky and buttery overtones.
Some of the best Chardonnays are New World wines - Australia, New Zealand and California are currently among the top producers.
Chardonnay food pairings
Chardonnays are versatile wines and most will pair excellently with poultry, pork and seafood - especially dishes with a creamy base. Unoaked Chardonnays are particularly popular with entrée dishes like salads and breads.
Some of the best producers of Chardonnay at present are:
- Chalk Hill
- Jacob's Creek
- Clos Du Val
- Chateau Montelena
- Francis Ford Coppola