Chardonnay, France

Chardonnay is planted in almost every region in the world and makes a wide variety of wine styles from light-bodied, crisp and unoaked through to full-bodied, complex barrel matured versions. Chardonnay is an adaptable variety and can be grown in cool regions as well as warm areas. It is a productive, early budding and early ripening variety.

Chardonnay first came to Australia in the 1920s but didn’t find popularity until the 1970s. Grown all across the country the cool climate versions (like found in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania) tend to be lighter in body with higher acidity and more subtle flavours. Warm climate versions (found in Margaret River, Hunter Valley and the Adelaide Hills) tend to be more full-bodied with richer, riper fruit and bolder flavours.
Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More-so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
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  1. Val St Pierre 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Chardonnay 2020
    Sourced from selected vineyards in the area of Carcassonne & the Minervois where there is a predominance of clay and limestone soils, with grapes picked on flavour and yield. The wines are produced and bottled in association with Celliers Jean d'Alibert. ... Learn More
  2. Les Jamelles Chardonnay 2018
    Les Jamelles Chardonnay stands out for its freshness, fruit and richness, recalling the Burgundian origins of the creator of the wines, Catherine Delaunay. Doted with gorgeous limpid golden colour, this wine is redolent of apricot and pear aromas, notes of ... Learn More
  3. Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Chardonnay 2019
    An amazing French Chardonnay, great value for money, with aromas of white flowers, ripe fruit and a hint of honey. A generous yet well-balanced mouthfeel with fresh stone fruit characters and a hint of oak. Perfect for every day of ... Learn More
  4. Henri Rousseau Bdb Chardonnay Brut Nv
    Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. The house was founded in 1898 in the esteemed Burgundy region of northern France, where their wines gained immediate and long-lasting success. Today the 6th generation of the family leads the winery, producing elegant sparkling Cremant for ... Learn More
  5. Abbotts & Delaunay 'Domaine De La Metairie D’Alon' Chardonnay 2018
    Pale gold in colour with green highlights. Lifted nose boasting a great deal of complexity: white peach, ripe lemon followed by notes of baked citrus dessert and subtle florals. Integrated oak is in support of a well balanced, fresh wine ... Learn More
  6. Roche De Bellene 'Bellenos' Blanc 2018
    Nicholas Potel is a fabulous negociant winemaker that has made a name for producing Quality Burgundy at reasonable prices. Maison Roche de Bellene has created a range of “pleasure” wines: the Bellenos Collection. Due to their brand name, the wines ... Learn More
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  7. Petit Chablis Aoc "Clos Martin" 2020
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards This fruity ... Learn More
  8. Petit Chablis Aoc "Clos Martin" 2018
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards This fruity ... Learn More
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  9. Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2018
    Maison Louis Latour is one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy whilst maintaining its traditional image. In 1979, with a view to expanding the business the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen ... Learn More
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  10. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A bright, elegant expression ... Learn More
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  11. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A bright, elegant expression ... Learn More
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  12. William Fevre Petit Chablis 2019
    The vineyard was able to replenish its water reserves thanks to a particularly wet, warm January. The vegetative cycle was delayed by a few days, however. February brought much cooler weather, and March, more rain. Budburst happened in the middle ... Learn More
  13. William Fevre Petit Chablis 2018
    The vineyard was able to replenish its water reserves thanks to a particularly wet, warm January. The vegetative cycle was delayed by a few days, however. February brought much cooler weather, and March, more rain. Budburst happened in the middle ... Learn More
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  14. Louis Michel Petit Chablis 2019
    "Our Chablis vineyards, located primarily in the lush Valvan valley, are on average 25 years old. Wine produced from these 8 parcels, blended and matured in the true Chablis tradition, reveal all the facets of this rich ground." Louis Michel & Fils It ... Learn More
  15. Clos Martin Chablis A.O.C 2020
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards. ... Learn More
  16. Chablis A.O.C "Clos Martin" 2018
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards. ... Learn More
  17. Louis Moreau Chablis 2018
    In the heart of Chablis, in Burgundy, Louis Moreau produces and sells exceptional wines, worldwide recognized. Planted 100% with Chardonnay grape variety, on the unique terroir of Chablis the vines of Domaines Louis Moreau are spread over the 4 levels of the ... Learn More
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  18. Pignier Cremant du Jura Brut Nature NV
    The Pignier family have been making wine on the same site since 1794, although the estate itself once belonged to Carthusian monks and dates back to the 13th century. It was converted to biodynamics in 2002. This wine is 100% Chardonnay grown in ... Learn More
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  19. Christophe Et Fils Chablis 2019
    Consistently excellent year after year, the 2019 Chablis is again, despite the warm year, a crisp, incisive and very pure wine graced with good energy and grip in its bright fruit and long, elegant finish. After time in the glass, the ... Learn More
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  20. Louis Moreau Chablis 2017
    In the heart of Chablis, in Burgundy, Louis Moreau produces and sells exceptional wines, worldwide recognized. Planted 100% with Chardonnay grape variety, on the unique terroir of Chablis the vines of Domaines Louis Moreau are spread over the 4 levels of the ... Learn More
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  21. Rougeot-Dupin Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
    Domaine Rougeot has a long history of making superb white wines out of the famed village of Meursault. The Rougeot-Dupin label is a venture that started in 1990 in order to diversify the family range. The wines are made from purchased ... Learn More
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  22. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Femelottes' 2019
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 40 years. Matured for 10 months in 10% new French oak. Aroma; immediately pretty and classically white burgundy- red apple, white flowers, nectarine and citrus. Palate; Again very classically white Burgundy- elegantly mineral with some ... Learn More
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  23. Domaine William Fevre Chablis 2018
    Very fresh bouquet with notes of citrus and white fleshed-fruit. Fresh and supple, the wine is marked by mineral notes that are typical of the appellation. One of the greatest domaines in Chablis. Founded by William Fevre in 1957, its vineyard ... Learn More
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  24. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Femelottes' 2018
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 40 years. Matured for 10 months in 10% new French oak. Aroma; immediately pretty and classically white burgundy- red apple, white flowers, nectarine and citrus. Palate; Again very classically white Burgundy- elegantly mineral with some ... Learn More
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  25. R&R Pampering Gift Pack Single

    The best Mother’s day gifts are those that can be enjoyed immediately. This Rest & Relaxation Pampering Pack includes a 750ml bottle of Chardonnay wine along with soothing bath salts for fully indulgent experience. Gift box also included. ... Learn More

  26. Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017
    This cuvee comes from a blend between some wine from 60 % Maconnais in the area of Lugny and 40% Montagny in the cote Chalonnaise. This two soils give each one something different: The wines from Lugny with the limestone give some freshness ... Learn More
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  27. Garagiste Macon Villages Chardonnay 2014
    This delicious Mâcon-Villages is the consequence of Barney's collaboration with Jane Eyre, the talented Australian-in-Burgundy vigneronne making wine at Domaine Newman and under her own label in the Côte-d'Or. The first release is drawn from a 30-50 year ... Learn More
  28. Clos Martin Chablis 1er Cru 2019
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards. ... Learn More
  29. Louis Michel Chablis 2019
    "Our Chablis vineyards, located primarily in the lush Valvan valley, are on average 25 years old. Wine produced from these 8 parcels, blended and matured in the true Chablis tradition, reveal all the facets of this rich ground." Louis Michel & Fils It ... Learn More
  30. Chablis 1er Cru "Clos Martin" 2018
    The grapes of the Le Clos Martin are carefully sourced and the process of vintification and aging utilizes centuries of knowledge and techniques crafted by the Louis Moreau family who produce wine at the highest of quality standards. ... Learn More
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  31. Christian Moreau Chablis Ac 2019
    40+ years old vines. Aged 100% in stainless steel. Comes mostly from very old vines situated in Les Pargues on the hill located between the premier cru sites of Montee de Tonnerre and Vaillons. This terroir has historically always been very highly ... Learn More
  32. Louis Moreau Les Forneaux 1er Cru Chablis 2017
    In the heart of Chablis, in Burgundy, Louis Moreau produces and sells exceptional wines, worldwide recognized. Planted 100% with Chardonnay grape variety, on the unique terroir of Chablis the vines of Domaines Louis Moreau are spread over the 4 levels of the ... Learn More
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  33. Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 2018
    This wine can be enjoyed within 2 years. Their bouquet displays a dominance of mineral notes, which are often associated with delicate touches of citrus fruit (lemon and grapefruit). It's a ripe, poised and vibrantly fresh Chablis with juicy nectarine, mixed ... Learn More
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  34. Pignier Cuvee a La Percenette Chardonnay 2018
    The plot known as “à la Percenette” has a southerly exposure in the Val de Vallière gorge, facing the slope on which Montaigu is situated. Calcareous lias marls, paper shales rich in bloating clays, kaolinites and pyrites. A super terroir ... Learn More
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  35. Domaine Robert-Denogent Macon-Fuisse Les Taches 2018
    There are only 15 hectares of Mâcon-Fuissé, and this comes from a half-hectare plot with clay/limestone soils. ... Learn More
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  36. Christian Moreau Petit Chablis Ac 2018
    “The quality here is again so good that I’m tempted to say that Chablis has yet another leading light to add to the usual stars of Raveneau and Dauvissat.” — Burghound. One of the oldest and most respected names in ... Learn More
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  37. Le Brun De Neuville Blanc De Blancs Nv
    Awarded best Champagne producer at the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition The Le Brun family live by the village of Bethon in the Marne. The memory of Madame Le Brun, who owned the castle in 1845, is still alive today. The house ... Learn More
  38. ONLINE CHRISTMAS PARTY PACK 2020 V2

    During the lead up to Christmas 2020, we're aware that things won't quite be the same as they have been in previous years (let's be honest- what isn't different this year!). Many restaurants and bars have tight restrictions on the ... Learn More

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  39. Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly Fuisse La Croix 2016
    Young brothers Antoine and Nico at Robert-Denogent are stars of the Maconnais, and rightfully so: they farm incredibly old vines in the region’s top terroirs, allowing their vineyards to shine through organic farming and all-natural vinifications. This 2016 marks a ... Learn More
  40. Domaine Jean Dauvissat Pere & Fils 1er Cru Fourchaumes 2017
    ‘Fourchaume’ is one of the most reputed Premier Crus of Chablis. The slope is a progression of the same one on which the Grand Crus are based. It benefits from the same exposure (to the South-West), which allows it to ... Learn More
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