Wine Talk: A white for all seasons

23.06.2011                      21.Siwan, 5771

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Wine Talk: A white for all seasons

Growers like it, winemakers like it and almost all consumers like it – Chardonnay, a good choice for every occasion.

Chardonnay is a grape variety liked by everyone. Consumers like it because they can pronounce it, and the resulting wine is easy to drink. The marketing people like it, because it is easy to sell. The word chardonnay has almost become a brand in itself. The winemaker likes it because it is a comparatively bland variety when left on its own and only really comes into its own with the decisions taken during the winemaking process. So it is a winemaker’s wine. The grower likes it because it seems to grow well everywhere, in almost all wine producing countries, whatever the climate.
The wines have generous flavors and and an affinity for oak aging.
The greatest chardonnays in the world are those produced in the central Burgundy region of France. Names like Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Corton Charlemagne represent the finest chardonnays in the world. However they won’t be called “chardonnay” on the label, but will be named after the vineyard or village….