When we think “old World Chardonnay” our minds immediately head to Burgundy, but this Piemontese Chardonnay is a close second! The high altitude of these vines brings lightness, brightness, and freshness to this mineral-driven expression of Chardonnay.
Domaine de Melandes grows Chardonnay on just 29 hectares of land in Chablis. Family-run and certified organic, this winery was one of our favorite discoveries this year. This Chablis is racy, mineral-driven, nuanced, and complex. An absolutely delicious textbook expression of Chardonnay from this region.
Looking for something refreshing and dry? This bottle is for you. This Petit Chablis is a stunning example of what Chardonnay can be! Sourced from higher slopes around the outskirts of the Chablis appellation, this wine has very bright acidity and zesty citrus notes.
A staple at the shop and hands-down one of the best values in Burgundy that you are likely to find. Jean-Jaques Robert is a staunch defender of his terroir and translates the beauty of his vineyards microclimates with the finesse of a master painter. Often compared to the greater wines of the Cote de Beaune but at a fraction of the price. This wine is truly not to be missed.
Taking after his father and his legendary winemaking, Adrien Renoir is making a statement in their appellation as he converts their farming to biodynamic, making fresh bubbles with finesse. His ‘Le Terrior’ cuvee is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, bone-dry, bold flavor, with a gorgeous, long finish.
Matthiasson makes some of our favorite California wines - period. For them, winemaking is an extension of farming, so their wines are meant to be refreshing & complement food. Their Linda Vista Chardonnay is pure honey, apple & peach on the nose with a fleshy, balanced palate.
Winemaker Rafael Tirado is making some wines that we can get behind, and at a great price. Using Riesling, Chardonnay and Semillon, this lightweight wine is refreshing with stunning acidity, crisp orchard fruits, and white flowers. Bring this bottle to your friends dinner party as an aperitif and enjoy!
“Reductive” is a big buzz word when it comes to white Burgundy. If you’re looking for a perfect example of a reductive wine, look no further. This Chardonnay boasts notes of toasty, burnt matchstick, with a hint of flint - emblematic of reductive winemaking.
Producing utterly satisfying Chardonnay out of the Santa Maria Valley, Presqu’ile never fails to disappoint in their delivery. This cuvée is both complex & poised, yet vivacious at the same time. Creamy in texture, with a buttery-vanilla richness, it has no shortage of ripe lemon citrus & pairs perfectly with salmon.
Made from organically farmed, 60 year old vines, the grapes see a 22 day maceration, fermenting in chestnut barrels and then 24 months of aging. All of this yields complexity, to say the least. Aromatics of tart tropical fruit leap out of the glass while salinity and minerality hold down the structure. A masterpiece!
Lumpp Givry 1er Cru Blanc Clos des Vignes Rondes 2017
Côte Chalonnaise winemaker François Lumpp may just be the biggest hidden gem in all of Burgundy. his wines are seriously pleasureable from the get-go, and offer incredible value relative to the rest of the region. This Chardonnay is from his oldest vines, striking the balance between weight and elegance.
One of the very best values in Cali Chardonnays. Presqu’ile is a project sustainably producing elegant expressions of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from cool-climate sites. The results are true to their California roots, with fruit & richness at the forefront & with gorgeous minerality & freshness below.
If you served me a glass of this stunning, mineral Chardonnay blind, I’d confidently call high-class Meursault or Puligny in a second. But no, for half the price, this creamy, fresh white is brimming with minerals, lemon curd, and white floral notes. Pair with roast fish, poached lobster, or stinky cheese.
This stunning Bourgogne Blanc is natural white Burgundy at its finest. From the cellar of one of Burgundy's rising stars, Valentin Montanet, this mineral-driven Chardonnay will give your favorite Chablis a run for its money. Delicious with cheeses of all kinds, it's the perfect summer sipper with a little extra.
Home to nearly as many quarries as vineyards, Savigny-les-Beaune may provide some of the best bang for your buck in Burgundy. The wines from Simon Bize are at once both ripe and delicate, displaying richness and finesse that will continue to shine in your cellar for years to come.
It’s easy to see what Francois’s wines are considered to be a staple of some of the best wine lists in France. Powerful and refined, these wines can stand in the cellar with some of the best of Beaune, and yet be ready for that butter-poached lobster tonight.
Do not pass up this supreme value in top-tier White Burgundy. Jean-Marc exclusively works terroir that is considered “lesser” than those in Puligny & Meursault, but is considered by many to be one of the best winegrowers in Burgundy. This Montagny Blanc will make you a believer. Enjoy with roast chicken.
This Aussie Chardonnay evokes the essence of Jura Chardonnay meets Chablis in all the best ways. It’s slightly reductive, with a strong mineral core, and it manages to balance richness while remaining high-toned. A must-try for Chardonnay lovers looking to explore something new.
Presqu'ile Santa Maria Chardonnay Presqu'ile Vineyard 2018
100% of the Chardonnay grapes used for this cuvée came from their estate vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, reflective of the mineral-laced sandy soils they’re grown on. This bottle carries an old-world sense of balance & tension, with the aromatic & textural profile that we know & love from Presqu’ile.
Lelarge Pugeot has been making wine for eight generations in the premier cru village of Vrigny, and this bottle is a perfect reflection of the Vrigny terroir. Mineral and delicately aromatic, this wine is fresh, vibrant, and incredibly easy to drink.
Olivier Merlin and his crew treat the vines as individuals; each one having its purpose in the final product. His respect for the plant shows in his wines, creating an energetic Chardonnay, even in its youth. Summer risotto with peas, tinned fish, or creamy cheese would pair delightfully.
A name that is synonymous with quality in Chablis. Lavantureux grows these grapes upon Kimmeridgian soil rich with limestone and oyster shells. The terroir really shines through, and helps to shape this wine. Well crafted and mineral driven with hints of fresh green apple, vanilla, and apricot.
Michel Gonet’s vintage, Grand Cru Champagne is one of the most stunning under-the-radar gems we’ve tasted in some time. Only the best Chardonnay from top sites makes it into this cuvée, which is made only in the best vintages. His 2012 is intense, mineral, searingly dry with mature notes of hazelnut and apricot.
Régis Bouvier bottles some of the flat-out best values in Red Burgundy. His Clos du Roy is sourced from old vines in one of the village’s best sites, aged in barrel for over a year. It is round and complex, yet with a floral elegance about it that reminds us why we love Burgundy.
Domaine Larue strikes a balance in producing modern wines that also draw on their family’s 75 years of experience in winemaking. Direct & consistent - expect a powerful wine that expresses the unique & beautiful style of Saint-Aubin. You’ll want to drink this with pasta, cured meat & soft cheeses.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.