Considered the top variety among fine white grapes, Chardonnay is used to produce the highest-quality white varietals, blends for white generic wines and for the most important local sparkling wines. It makes rich, balanced wines, with good aroma and great persistence.
In France, its country of origin, its flavor and aroma are reminiscent of fresh butter, hazelnut, baked almonds and toasted bread. It is part of the blends for wines of the Chablis appellation.
In Argentina, Chardonnay is very much appreciated due to its capacity of reaching a proper maturation and producing a wide range of wine styles, from sparkling to full bodied and barrel aged wines, including fresh and elegant Chardonnays. Its primary descriptors are tropical fruits and apples.
In our country, the Upper Mendoza River Region, the Mendoza Eastern Region, the Uco Valley and San Rafael as well as the Alto Valle de Río Negro produce excellent Chardonnay grapes.
Information provided by agronomists Alberto Alcalde and José Rodríguez, and Wines of Argentina. Photos from ‘The World Atlas of Wine’ by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.