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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. Val St Pierre 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Chardonnay 2021
    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
  3. Le Versant 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Chardonnay 2021
    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. 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
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  5. 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
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  6. 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
  7. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Femelottes' 2020
    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
  8. Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Charmes 2018
    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
  9. Clos Martin Chablis 1er Cru 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
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    Mark Faber
  10. Domaine Jacques Prieur Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
    Since 1868, Domaine Jacques Prieur has created one of the rarest mosaics of terroirs in Burgundy. This splendid Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir produced from a 2.06 hectare plot, 100% aged in new oak barrels for 17 months. The 2019 is intense and dark ruby ... Learn More
  11. Champagne Autreau Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru NV
    100% Chardonnay Grand Cru fruit sourced from the "White Hillside" Vineyards of the Autreau Estate. The family Autreau is an old family from Champillon - ancient documents certify their presence since 1670. This family is linked to the farming of the land ... Learn More
  12. Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru 'Montee De Tonnerre' 2018
    An exceptional quality 1er Cru Chablis from an extraordinary producer and site, this is quickly becoming one of the best value Burgundies imported into Australia each year. After airing, this wine presents a perfect balance between fresh minerality and very ... Learn More
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  13. An Effervescent Present Champagne Pack

    This indulgent pampering gift pack with wine, gourmet chocolates and soothing bath salts is sure to hit the mark with Mum. Mother's Day only comes around once a year, so make it count! That’s why this pack includes ... Learn More

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  14. Eric de Suremain Rully Blanc 1er cru Monopole “Meix Caillet” 2018
    Rully blanc is one of the secrets in Burgundy. It produces wines that can surprise with their complexity and verve. This year again we have a super nose full of freshness and tension. In 2018 again this has real citric freshness ... Learn More
  15. Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Aligoté Clos des Perrières la Combe 2018
    This south-facing walled vineyard is situated in the combe of Nuits-St Georges and was previously known as Clos de la Roche. The Aligoté Doré vines were planted in 1978 and undergo a week-long skin maceration before pressing and fermentation in old ... Learn More
  16. Eric de Suremain Rully Blanc 1er cru “Pillot L'Intemporelle” 2018
    This is from a very small parcel underneath Meix Caillet. This year it again shows as Chablis-esque with sea spray, iodine, and white flowers framing the aromas along with very gentle (and classy) reduction. The wine is very racy and ... Learn More
  17. Gagnard-Delagrange Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot 2004
    Domaine Gagnard-Delagrange was created in 1959 with the marriage of Jacques Gagnard to Marie-Josèphe Delagrange. After the death of Jacques Gagnard in 2009, the domaine retained 7.4 acres of vineyards and continues to be run by Jacque’s widow, Marie-Josèphe, and ... Learn More
  18. Domaine Matrot Meursault 2019
    Domaine Matrot is a sixth-generation family estate with exceptional holdings in the Cote de Beaune. With six hectares of village-designated plots, plus four hectares of premier cru vineyards in Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, they have access to some truly special fruit. ... Learn More
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    Vinous
  19. Delamotte Blanc De Blancs NV Champagne
    "Delamotte has always been somewhat of an insider’s house, producing high quality at realistic prices. One of the best buys in exquisitely crafted Champagne." - Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate Herbal with hints of jasmine, white peach, mint, ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  20. Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Champs Pimont Blanc 1er Cru 2019
    A large plot with the evocative name of "Les Champs au pied du Mont" (or, "The Fields at the Foot of the Mountain"), located on the slope overlooking the outskirts of Beaune. The wine is barrel-fermented and aged in barrel ... Learn More
  21. Gosset 'Grand Blanc De Blancs' Nv
    Champagne Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. This Blanc de Blancs is both mineral and floral, with aromas of flowers mixed with white fruits, apricot and Mirabelle plum. There are very light notes of lemon and other citrus ... Learn More
  22. Champagne Taittinger Brut Millesime 2014
    A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Produced only when the harvest is of exceptional quality. The nose offers a mellow fruitiness with white and yellow fleshed fruit such as William pear, greengages and mirabelle plums. This is followed by ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
  23. Pierre Boisson Bourgogne Blanc ‘Les Herbeaux’ 2019
    The vineyard is just east of the Meursault village bordering Lafon’s ‘Clos de la Barre’. Classic clay-limestone soils. Bottled unfiltered after 18 months in oak, 10% being new. Fleshy and full in style, it displays richness, complexity and concentration this wine ... Learn More
  24. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Les Casse Tetes 2020
    A "casse tête" in French is a conundrum or puzzle and the name of this plot refers to the hardness of the soil and the challenge it was for our ancestors to plant vines on this pebbly limestone ground. ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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  25. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Les Narvaux 2020
    Rich and concentrated on the palate, with layer upon layer of flavour, this is an extraordinary wine from vines running alongside Coche-Dury. ... Learn More
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  26. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Clos Des Corvees 2020
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 65 years old. Matured for 10 months in 40% new French oak. Higher percentage of new oak maturation evident on the nose. More ripeness from fruit to match this however. More nutty and creamy but ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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    Neal Martin
  27. Domaine Chavy Chouet Puligny Montrachet Les Enseigneres 2020
    Made by Romaric Chavy, one of the up and coming young producers of the Cote d'Or. Exclusive to United Cellars. Sourced from 60 year old vines on a tiny 1 hectare plot in Puligny Montrachet, known the world over for exceptional Chardonnay. ... Learn More
  28. Joseph Colin Saint-Aubin 1er cru "Les Combes" 2020
    Back to a freshness – more compact but vibrant – quite an invitation again. Extra width, bub- bling freshness – here with a touch of barrel – complex, mouth-watering – more concentrated than my favourite – the Remilly. An excellent wine I just prefer that more ... Learn More
  29. Joseph Colin Saint-Aubin 1er cru "Les Champlots" 2020
    A young vine so just the second harvest. All on high here but the first 1er to be harvested. Here the nose is more of a width – still fine and sizzling with energy. Wow in the mouth – open, airy, melting ... Learn More
  30. Charles Heidsieck Blanc De Blanc Nv
    Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some mono-crus from the Côte ... Learn More
  31. Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2020
    From 3 different parcels close to 1er and grand crus. A deeper minerality but with fine and attractive top notes too. This has the airy delicious qual- ity of the top St.Aubins, perhaps a touch less focus but with a ... Learn More
  32. Joseph Colin Saint-Aubin 1er Cru 'En Remilly' 2020
    Here is a beautiful nose of freshness and a slight sherbet energy at the top. Open, crystalline, melting, directly a great wine – airy but I don’t need impact when I have this flavour. Bravo – so stony and so pure! • ... Learn More
  33. Domaine Matrot Meursault Blagny 1er 2019
    Pale lemon and lime. A more restrained nose, far from the madding crowd of 2019, this Meursault-Blagny has kept its freshness. It offers greater tensile strength than the village Meursault, but not significantly more volume. Lemon apple finish. ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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  34. Domaine Ponsot Saint-Romain Blanc Cuvée de la Mésange 2018
    Nestled in an elevated valley behind Auxey-Duresses, Ponsot’s stony and rugged source vineyard is typical of Saint-Romain’s cool, limestone-rich terroir. And yet the wine offered here is far from typical, with a quality, complexity and seduction that is ... Learn More
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  35. Domaine Chavy Chouet Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Folatieres 2020
    Les Folatieres is a .3 hectare plot located in the middle of a steep slope, with poor soil, where the bedrock can be seen peeking through. The 50-year-old vines benefit from the poor soil and good sun exposure. Les Folatieres produces ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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    Neil Martin
  36. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Premier Cru Les Charmes 2020
    Located right next to Puligny-Montrachet, the plot of Les Charmes was planted in 1943 on a sandy clay-limestone soil that produces small, concentrated berries for an intense wine that is perfect for keeping. ... Learn More
  37. Joseph Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru "Vide Bourse" 2020
    Only about 5 producers, below Batard and Criots – a quite windy area so practically never any botrytis here – relatively deep soil – in this case older vines – planted in 1948 but despite the wind an early ripening place. ‘Vide Bourse has a more ... Learn More
  38. Domain Thibault Liger-Belair Corton Charlemagne Les Languettes 2018
    Thibault has made two barrels this year, one of which is new. The grapes are pressed very slowly, giving a small amount of skin contact which adds a textural element to the already mineral and chewy character of Corton-Charlemagne. There ... Learn More
  39. Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2019
    From a 0.22-hectare parcel located on the hill of Corton. Oriented full east, it overlooks the villages of Ladoix-Serrigny and climbs to the edge of the woods. Steep and very chalky, a guarantee of intense minerality. The grapes are harvested ... Learn More
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