5 Chardonnay Facts You Should KnowWritten by lanreePosted on 09 15, 2016
5 Chardonnay Facts You Should Know
Chardonnay, is a wine that many people feel differently towards. It is the most popular grape variety in the United states, and the most widely planted white wine grape across the world. Whether oaked or unoaked, chardonnay remains a classic white wine.However you feel towards Chardonnay, there’s still a lot many of us don’t know about it. Here’s 5 Chardonnay facts you should know.
1. Chardonnay was born in Burgundy, France
The ancestral home of the chardonnay grape is in Burgundy, where the wine the region makes is simply known as white Burgundy, because while there are other white wines made from other white grapes, Chardonnay is the one most prized and seen as truly capturing the region’s incredible terroir.
2. Chardonnay, by order of the Queen
Chardonnay achieved its reputation for greatness in the Burgundy region of France over 1200 years ago. Around 800 A.D. the wife of the Emperor Charlemagne, disgusted by the red wine that stained her husband’s white beard, ordered that white grapes be planted in their Burgundy vineyard, which is now called Corton-Charlemagne.
3. Blancs De Blancs Champagne is basically Chardonnay
Blanc de Blancs Champagne is a bubbly made entirely from white wine grapes – whereas typical Champagnes are made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
4. Chardonnay is really easy to grow
Chardonnay is the most planted grape variety around the world, and this is mostly because it can be grown practically anywhere. . Pinot Noir – its sibling from Burgundy – can be incredibly fickle, but Chardonnay seems to find a home almost anywhere.
5. Oak Barrels are really important to Chardonnay
Oak barrels play the most important role in the taste of Chardonnay. If aged in an oak barrel, this wine features rich, toasty, creamy and buttery flavour. If not, the end result is a crisp, fruity (green apple or exotic fruit) flavour.