Someone told me few weeks ago :
“Chardonnay is rocking back”
Two weeks after that statement I was in a really refine event, so accurately chosen the audience and the tasted wines, around 500 people tasting and discussing.
We spoke about grapes, new ones, some classics, even about the Canadian Vidal, some other that are known for a little population in the middle of nowhere, the newcomers like Godello (used to be a newcomer), classics like Riesling etc.
The only missing grape was Chardonnay, nor in the bottles, nor in the palates, nor in the speeches and, nor in smart sentences. Nowhere.
Someone told me with wicked smile saying:
“Yes, it looks like Chardonnay is coming back, but it looks like the train she was using has been stuck in the middle of the Goby desert”.
Mean people I thought.
Maybe because the Monarchy is old fashioned we forgot that the Queen is the Chardonnay.
Who else can offer to you so many options? Clima? IT thrives in California, Burgundy, Spain, Australia etc. Maturing method? Oak friendly? Yeasty essence?
Listen, gather four people, take 7€ each and buy a bottle of Meursault. Southbank of the Côte d’Or, where you will get Côte de Beaune with creamy, sinewy, lively fruity and yeasty long lasting wines that are produced there.
Let’s uncork: AOC Meursault, 100% Chardonnay, Pierre André au Château de Corton André (claiming vineyards in Beaune and Nuits)
This particular burgundy wine shows classical note of cedar, sniffy smoky remembrances and sweetie species like vanilla and hits of cinnamon and fresh ginger and physalis. It has tempered acidity showing the real complexity of the magnificent type of wines and the aging potential coming from a real grape with natural backbone.
The fruit of this wine is extremely complex and deep, starting from some lemony areola to the ripe peaches, apricots arriving to dried stone fruit in the palate where some hay and dried grass shows up.
The creaminess of the wine and its body is not the strongest point, this wine is being called to repeatedly being poured and toasted after three years in the bottle.
I agree, everything in this life cannot be Chardonnay, but having a bottle in your cellar ready to drink will relieve some time the idea of why Chardonnay is a reliable companion not only for Champagne and one the reasons why wine is gaining new markets.
A humble owl hooting rare or special wines. And yes I am Diploma WSET student and I am training myself reason why I use the Systematic Approach of Tasting