The reputation of this noble white grape was established in Burgundy and it is France’s most famous white grape variety. The sparkling wine Champagne is made of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Chardonnay is also grown in a wide variety of climates and regions throughout the world including California, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain (Navarra Region). Chardonnay can be grown in cool, moderate or hot climates.
Chardonnays produced from grapes grown in a cool climate have a high natural acidity, with citrus, apple, pear, vegetal and buttery notes. Those grown in a moderate climate have a white stone fruit (peach) character, with citrus and hints of melon. Chardonnays cultivated in a hot climate have tropical fruit (pineapple, banana, mango, honey fig) and light vanilla notes. Chardonnay is best consumed in two to six years.
Chardonnay enhances lobster, flavorful fish, shrimp, chicken, turkey and pork. Heavily oaked Chardonnays pair well with smoked fish and spicy Asian cuisine.
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