Chardonnay is a wine grape that grows all across the globe and is the most popular white grape varietal. Depending on the style, Chardonnay can exhibit buttery aromas, with hints of toasty, creamy vanilla or be drier with hints of apples and tropical richness, and the wine tends to be lean and crisp, with high acidity. Great Chardonnays come from all over the world, including France, Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada.
Chardonnay and Terroir
Chardonnay is strongly influenced by terroir, to the point that making it is considered a "right of passage" in the international wine market. Chardonnay wine is very neutral, but white wines from cooler climates such as Chablis or Carneros, California tend to be light- or medium-bodied, notably acidic, and contain flavors of plum, pear, and apple. Chardonnays from warmer climates like Australia and New Zealand exhibit citrusy flavors and notes of tropical fruits such as mango, or even banana. The flexibility of Chardonnay also makes it an essential component to the production of sparkling wines, including champagne.
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