Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a bit of a 'Marmite' grape - people tend either to love it or hate it - but this most widely grown white grape variety is starting to become trendy again in the UK as people tire of too much Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Read more about the Chardonnay grape variety and see my range of Chardonnays below.

Quality has improved in the last ten years, today's more elegant, fresher Chardonnays, whether oaked or not, are worth investigating. Find your style - I've narrowed it down to three - and give Chardonnay a chance!

  • Unoaked Chardonnay such as Chablis (usually - beware a few are oaked) is lean, crisp and dry, lighter in colour and in body, with flavours of green apple, lemon, white flowers and flint or steel (think wet stones). It matches well with fish dishes and seafood including oysters.
  • Oaked Chardonnay is more full-bodied, creamy with complex bready & nutty aromas; it will age further in bottle, the better wines for up to 10 years. It pairs well with richer foods like foie gras, lobster and scallops, and creamy dishes 
  • Fruity Chardonnay was the style of early New World Chardonnays and is produced in warmer climates. It is a bigger, more tropical fruit style of wine with pineapple, mango, ripe yellow apples and ripe peach. This style will cope with richer, creamy dishes even mild curries
  • There is of course a fourth style that we should not ignore, sparkling rather than still Chardonnay and Champagne
De Castellane ~ Croix Rouge Saint André Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

De Castellane ~ Croix Rouge Saint André Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

£28.50 / bottle

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Domaine Thibert ~ Pouilly Vinzelles AOC Les Longeays 2015

Domaine Thibert ~ Pouilly Vinzelles AOC Les Longeays 2015

£22.50 / bottle

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Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC Rosé 2012

Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC Rosé 2012

£16.75 / bottle

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Domaine Thibert ~ Saint Véran AOC Champ Rond 2015

Domaine Thibert ~ Saint Véran AOC Champ Rond 2015

£21.00 / bottle

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First Drop ~ Mere et Fils Chardonnay 2013

First Drop ~ Mere et Fils Chardonnay 2013

£16.50 / bottle

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Lyme Bay ~ Classic Cuvée Vintage English Sparkling Wine 2013

Lyme Bay ~ Classic Cuvée Vintage English Sparkling Wine 2013

£27.95 / bottle

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De Castellane ~ Brut Millésimé 2007 Vintage Champagne

De Castellane ~ Brut Millésimé 2007 Vintage Champagne

£34.25 / bottle

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GIFT ~ Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Les Vaillons 2013

GIFT ~ Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Les Vaillons 2013

£28.50 / bottle
incl. P & P

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GIFT ~ Domaine Thibert ~ Pouilly Vinzelles AOC Les Longeays 2015

GIFT ~ Domaine Thibert ~ Pouilly Vinzelles AOC Les Longeays 2015

£29.00 / bottle
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Pegasus Bay ~ Chardonnay 2013

Pegasus Bay ~ Chardonnay 2013

£23.25 / bottle

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GIFT ~ De Castellane ~ Croix Rouge Saint André Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

GIFT ~ De Castellane ~ Croix Rouge Saint André Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

£34.50 / bottle
incl. P & P

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GIFT ~ De Castellane ~ Brut Millésimé 2007 Vintage Champagne

GIFT ~ De Castellane ~ Brut Millésimé 2007 Vintage Champagne

£40.00 / bottle
incl. P & P

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Ataraxia Chardonnay 2015

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2015

£23.95 / bottle

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Janisson et Fils ~ Tradition Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

Janisson et Fils ~ Tradition Brut Non-Vintage Champagne

£34.85 / bottle

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GIFT ~ Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC Rosé 2012

GIFT ~ Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC Rosé 2012

£24.00 / bottle
incl. P & P

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GIFT ~ Lyme Bay ~ Classic Cuvée Vintage English Sparkling Wine 2013

GIFT ~ Lyme Bay ~ Classic Cuvée Vintage English Sparkling Wine 2013

£33.50 / bottle
incl. P & P

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First Drop ~ Mere et Fils Chardonnay 2015

First Drop ~ Mere et Fils Chardonnay 2015

£16.50 / bottle

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Guerrieri Rizzardi ~ Costeggiola Soave Classico DOP 2015

Guerrieri Rizzardi ~ Costeggiola Soave Classico DOP 2015

£15.00 / bottle

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Domaine Lavantureux Frères ~ Chablis AOC 2015

Domaine Lavantureux Frères ~ Chablis AOC 2015

£22.25 / bottle

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Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Les Vaillons 2014

Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Les Vaillons 2014

£23.00 / bottle

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Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Mont de Milieu 2015

Domaine Billaud-Simon ~ Chablis Premier Cru AOC Mont de Milieu 2015

£28.25 / bottle

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Ataraxia Chardonnay 2016

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2016

£23.95 / bottle

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Domaine Lucien Thomas ~ Saint Véran AOC 'Tradition' 2016

Domaine Lucien Thomas ~ Saint Véran AOC 'Tradition' 2016

£18.00 / bottle

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De Castellane ~ Brut Rosé Champagne

De Castellane ~ Brut Rosé Champagne

£31.35 / bottle

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Domaine Lucien Thomas ~ Saint Véran AOC 'Tradition' 2016 ~ 37.5cl

Domaine Lucien Thomas ~ Saint Véran AOC 'Tradition' 2016 ~ 37.5cl

£12.50 / bottle

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Guerrieri Rizzardi ~ Costeggiola Soave Classico DOP 2016

Guerrieri Rizzardi ~ Costeggiola Soave Classico DOP 2016

£15.00 / bottle

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Domaine Thibert ~ Saint Véran AOC Bois de Fée 2014

Domaine Thibert ~ Saint Véran AOC Bois de Fée 2014

£22.50 / bottle

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Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC 2016

Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC 2016

£16.75 / bottle

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Domaine Thibert ~ Mâcon Verzé AOC 2016

Domaine Thibert ~ Mâcon Verzé AOC 2016

£16.75 / bottle

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