Chardonnay

World famous and strangely controversial, Chardonnay probably elicits more reactions (both good and bad) than any other grape variety we have in the shop. Many people got turned off Chardonnay when you couldn’t move for over-oaked Aussie Chardonnay during the 80s and 90s. However, for those that have stuck with it, there’s far more to this grape than the mouthful of mass produced, slightly cloying plonk that was everywhere 20 or so years ago. Indeed, Chardonnay can be sublime and many of the classiest bottles are to be found in Burgundy. Take Chablis, for example, where the grape gives a wonderfully clean, citrusy, mineral mouthful. Move further south to the Cote d’Or and (depending on where you are) you can experience it as a creamy, nutty, lemon and lime confection. And leave France and you can find great examples from California, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and yes, Australia, all with their own distinct characteristics. And if that’s not enough, there’s always Chardonnay’s starring role in Champagne!

Blue Mountain 2017 Chardonnay 750ml

$25.13

Big, toasty and buttery, this year's golden hued chardonnay blends five clones and 11-28 year old estate vines. After whole cluster press and native ferment (and 20 percent MLF), this aged on lees ten months in new to three-year barrels, as well as a...

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Bernard Defaix 2018 Chablis 750ml

$46.00

Chablis is considered one of the world’s most recognized quality wines.  The Defaix's Chablis is made using 100% Chardonnay grapes from various parcels and vines of varying age.  This is a lively white with crisp acidity and an intense...

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Billaud-Simon 2018 Chablis 750ml

$47.74

The 2018 Chablis is bright, finely sculpted and nuanced, with lovely aromatic complexity and class. Lemon peel, mint and white flowers all grace this very pretty, perfumed entry-level Chablis. The richness and radiance of 2018 are evident, and yet there...

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Oxford Landing 2017 Chardonnay 750ml

$13.82

"This medium-bodied Chardonnay offers tangerine and melon flavors, subtle leesy and oaky notes and a plump, succulent mouthfeel. Yes, it fades quickly on the finish, but this a wine to quaff, not age. Drink now." -- Wine Enthusiast "Best Buy" Apr 2017

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Maison Joseph Drouhin 2017 Macon Villages 750ml

$30.34

Winemaker's Notes The color of the wine is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste. It is a perfect accompaniment...

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Freemark Abbey 2018 Chardonnay 750ml

$49.47

The 2016 Chardonnay is scented of baked pears, ripe apples and dried herbs with touches of cedar, cinnamon toast and yeast extract. Full-bodied, rich and with a pleasantly oily texture, it is jam packed with ripe apple and toasty layers, finishing long...

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Haywire 2017 Chardonnay 750ml

$27.74

The grapes for this Chardonnay were grown on a very special terraced vineyard that hovers above Trout Creek in Summerland. It was fermented using the wild yeasts of the vineyard and therefore really evokes the site it was grown on. Think grass, sage, and...

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Mount Eden 2015 Estate Chardonnay 750ml

$104.26

The 2015 Chardonnay Estate from Domaine Eden is initially a touch reduced, opening with aeration to reveal pretty aromas of peach, yellow orchard fruit and toasted nuts. On the palate, it's glossy, medium to full-bodied and succulent, with bright acids...

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Rust Wine Co. 2018 Chardonnay 750ml

$19.91

A fresh, low alcohol take on Chardonnay made without recourse to oak or malo. Yellow apples, honeydew, jasmine, and citrus infused acidity show throughout. A wine made with shellfish or pork in mind. --Winemaker

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Marlo 2017 Chardonnay 750ml

$13.82

With a soft palate and its subtle citrus notes, this wine comes alive in a blend of tropical fruit flavors such as pineapple and mango. The combination results in an interesting aromatic complexity and flavors that make this dry white an ideal choice to...

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Domaine Eden 2014 Chardonnay 750ml

$56.43

Spicy, toasty oak adds a rich dimension to a core of citrus, apple, melon and pear flavors, staying on point, with a mix of wood and fruit. Drink now. 1,520 cases made. — JL Score: 90 points -- Wine Spectator, Nov 2017

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