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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. LOUIS MOREAU PETIT CHABLIS "CLOS MARTIN" 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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    Mark Faber
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  7. 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
  8. LOUIS MOREAU CHABLIS A.O.C "CLOS MARTIN" 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
  9. 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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  10. LOUIS MICHEL PETIT CHABLIS 2018
    "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
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. VERGET MÂCON-VERGISSON LA ROCHE 2017
    Vergisson is home to a number of excellent, limestone-rich vineyards and this idyllic, high-altitude site, on the softer incline of the rock, is one of her finest. Aside from its ability to make stunning Chardonnay with more cut than Sweeney ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  16. LOUIS MOREAU CHABLIS 1ER CRU "CLOS MARTIN" 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
  17. 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
  18. 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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    The Wine Advocate
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  19. 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
  20. 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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  21. 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
  22. 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

  23. 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
  24. LOUIS MOREAU 'VAILLONS 1ER CRU' CHABLIS 2016
    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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  25. HENRI BOILLOT BOURGOGNE BLANC 2017
    Henri Boillot described 2017 as an “excellent vintage and potentially even a great one in white and a very good one in red provided that yields were kept reasonable, something not everyone respected. We chose to begin picking on the 25th ... Learn More
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    Allan Meadows
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  26. CHRISTMAS PAMPER PACK $75

    This kit contains 2 lovely bottles of wine as well as a Caim & Able 850g Nurture Magnesium Bath & Foot Salt Soak as a Christmas pamper pack to spoil someone special!

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  27. LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU 'VAILLONS' 2017
    “The sashimi of Chablis - pure, clean, elemental. Never any oak, this is as energetic and pure as Chablis can get. The wines are steely and bright when young, but age gorgeously for years and decades. The holdings are phenomenal, ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  28. DOMAINE JEAN-PAUL ET BENOIT DROIN CHABLIS 2017
    5 Stars/REMARKABLE - Les meilleurs Vins de France , Gault & Millau. The nose has a tightly wound, slightly chalky bouquet with hints of musk developing in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a satisfying sense of volume and precision, ... Learn More
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    Nick Stock
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    Allen Meadows
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  29. CHRISTMAS GIFT PACK $79

    A mix of 3 great value and delicious wines that will be the perfect gift to get any Christmas party started! Showcasing wines from some of the best wine regions in the world, this is sure to make any true ... Learn More

  30. 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
  31. GILBERT PICQ 'VOSGROS' 1ER CRU CHABLIS 2017
    Sourced from two plots of vines that range in age from 35-40 years old, the family's oldest 1er cru vines. Located in the tiny quiet village of Chichée, just southeast of Chablis itself, Domaine Gilbert Picq quietly produces riveting, ... Learn More
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    Neal Martin
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  32. DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU 'MONTEE DE TONNERRE' 2016
    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. Equal Highest Scoring Chablis in 2016 - Decanter Magazine After airing, this wine presents ... Learn More
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    Decanter
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  33. DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU 'BUTTEAUX VIEILLES VIGNES' 2017
    This parcel is located on the top of the slopes, with clay loam on the surface and plenty of limestone. Vertical roots plunge deep into the ground. The vines have an average age of more than 50 years. "A formidable rendition ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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  34. LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU 'BUTTEAUX VIEILLES VIGNES' 2016
    2016 Chablis is very limited due to yield crop being 50% down in most vineyards. "This wine is pure, very precise and vibrant on the nose, delivering a marvelous mix of green apple, lime, pear, crystalline minerality, a touch of licorice and ... Learn More
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    John Gilman
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  35. LAHERTE FRERES BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE NV
    100 per cent Chardonnay from the terroirs of Chavot, Vaudancourt, Voipreux 1er Cru and Epernay - all biodynamically farmed. Exuberant with lots of spicy white peach fruit, lemon pith and brown spice. The palate is crunchy and chalky with a delicious ... Learn More
  36. DOMAINE LOUIS MICHEL CHABLIS 1ER CRU 'MONTEE DE TONNERRE' 2017
    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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    Antonio Galloni
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    Nick Stock
  37. DOMAINE ROUGEOT 'LA COMBE BAZIN' SAINT-ROMAIN 2017
    Owner Marc's knowledge of diverse wine making processes and the land, has led to a high level of complexity, fruit and balance in his wines. This has been further enhanced by his eldest son Pierre-Henri’s mastery of traditional oak ... Learn More
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  38. HENRIOT BLANC DE BLANCS NV CHAMPAGNE
    The bottles of Blanc de Blancs remain for a period of 3-5 years in the calm and dark of the Henriot caves in Reims. Pure, concentrated and expressive, with floral (honeysuckle, orange flower, linden), fruity (lemon, dried apricot, almond) and ... Learn More
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    Gilbert and Gaillard
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    Jancis Robinson
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  39. MAISON PATRICK PIUZE FORÊTS 1ER CRU 2017
    Once again there is ample Chablis typicity to the ultra-cool, pure and airy aromas of freshly sliced citrus, quinine, ocean breeze and discreet mineral reduction nuances. There is terrific vibrancy to the intense, chiseled and stony medium-bodied flavors that terminate ... Learn More
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  40. CHAMPAGNE POMMERY APANAGE NV
    Lightly cooked apples and pears with spice and chalk. Grilled toast. Full-bodied. Creamy and soft texture with pretty acidity coming out. Light almonds at the end. - James Suckling Dry and toasty, this has good cut and a light chalkiness ... Learn More
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