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!

Emiliana 2021 Eco Balance Chardonnay 750ml

$15.57

Vineyards: Casablanca Valley, Chile. The soil consists of evolved, black clay and coarse yellow sand.Winemaking: The grapes are hand-picked in mid March, then fermented in stainless steel. Aging takes place for 8 months, 50% in stainless steel and 50% in...

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Bread & Butter 2020 Chardonnay 750ml

$27.74 $24.99

This Chardonnay opens delicately with rich notes of vanilla bean and almond husk, which is reminiscent of a decadent crème brûlée. The creamy custard notes are balanced by a soft minerality and a hint of tropical fruit.Those creamy...

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Blue Mountain 2020 Estate Chardonnay 750ml

$35.56

Blue Mountain has the advantage of 13 to 30-year-old vines in the ground, in effect the old and the new, leaving winemaker Matt Mavety with a selection of five different clones from which to shape his Eatste Cuvées. The perfectly tended vines that...

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Long Barn 2019 Chardonnay 750ml

$20.78

Apple and bright citrus, butter, vanilla, cream with hints of toasted oak. Medium to full bodied with layers of texture and a round and buttery finish. -- Winemaker

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Meyer Family 2021 Chardonnay Okanagan Valley 750ml

$28.61

Another keeper from Meyer’s not-so vanilla regular bottling of chardonnay is an instruction manual on how this grape should be handled in BC. The fruit comes off four vineyards: two estate sites, Old Main Road on the Naramata Bench, and McLean...

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Domaine Brocard 2020 Ste. Claire Chablis 750ml

$50.35

Some of the vines here are over 70 years old. Even with a reticent, understated nose one can sense the energy and precision in this wine. There’s a lovely, creamy texture on the palate, with bright citrus notes and a long, lingering, savoury,...

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La Crema 2020 Monterey Chardonnay 750ml

$34.70

COMMENTARY: Always a favorite in my household and amongst my friends, the La Crema Monterey Chardonnay has often been one of our first choices when looking for an entrée wine. TASTING NOTES: The 2016 vintage is bright with focused citrus peel,...

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Billaud-Simon 2020 Chablis 750ml

$59.04

A slightly cooler and quite pretty nose speaks mostly of citrus and quinine along with whiffs of iodine. The delicious and more vibrant medium weight flavors possess both good delineation and minerality while offering a more appealing texture on the...

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Domaine Servin 2020 Chablis "Les Pargues" 750ml

$41.65

More evident Chablis character is present on the nose of green fruit, mineral reduction, sea breeze and shellfish scents. There is markedly better density to the solidly powerful and very attractively textured medium-bodied flavors that conclude in a dry...

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Carmen 2020 Reserva Chardonnay 750ml

$16.43

Premier 1850 pays tribute to Viña Carmen, Chile’s oldest winery. These modern wines are characterized by their purity and the intensity of their fruit. Fresh out of Aconcagua, this golden yellow Chardonnay features lots of fruits, wood,...

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Wente 2021 Chardonnay Morning Fog 750ml

$21.99

Bursting with aromatics of citrus and green apple complemented by hints of toasty oak and vanilla, this wine is balanced by a lingering minerality and natural acidity to create a beautiful wine.

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Louis Michel & Fils 2019/20 Petit Chablis 750ml

$40.78

A fruity nose offers up just enough Chablis character to confirm where this is from. The delicious, vibrant and plump flavors possess an attractive texture if only average depth on the nicely refreshing and dry finale. -- Allen Meadows, Burghound...

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Bernard Defaix 2020 Chablis 750ml

$51.21

This is actually aromatically quite similar to the Petit Chablis with perhaps just a bit more freshness. The sleek and delicious medium-bodied flavors possess good if not special density while displaying fine length on the slightly drier finale. This too...

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Maison Joseph Drouhin 2020 Macon Villages 750ml

$34.70

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 to full-flavored...

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Angove 2019 Organic Chardonnay 750ml

$20.78

Angove Organic Chardonnay is sourced from organically certified vineyards in the Riverland and McLaren Vale regions of South Australia. Harvested into cool of dawn the grapes were transported to the winery and immediately pressed using modern...

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