The Chardonnay Grape
"I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” Lily Bollinger, 17th October 1961
Chardonnay is the most planted, and most diverse of the white grape varietals. It has a keen affinity with oak producing some of the richest and finest wines in places like Burgundy and California.
Unoaked, it produces the steely mineral wines of Chablis, and also plays a huge role in the production of sparkling wines.