Chardonnay is often referred to as a “neutral” variety, meaning that it does not possess the signature aromatic compounds that make a glass of Riesling, Viognier, or Sauvignon Blanc unmistakable from across the room. On the contrary, its intrinsic aromas are relatively discreet, leaving more space for nuances in aroma, flavor, and texture based on where it was grown and how it was vinified and raised. In Burgundy, where Chardonnay reigns, the variations in terroir components such as latitude, soil composition, aspect, slope, elevation, and countless other natural factors yield limitless possibilities for this noble grape. It is almost hard to believe that a steely Chablis, with its laser-like acidity and suggestions of crushed seashells, shares so much in common with a lush, buttery, almost tropical Saint-Véran, grown roughly one hundred miles to the south. And that is without even venturing into the Côte de Beaune, where villages like Meursault produce Chardonnays of dazzling finesse, flaunting a magical combination of nutty, creamy, and stony elements that linger endlessly on the palate, bestowing unparalleled euphoria to a lucky taster. Without a doubt the ultimate region for growing Chardonnay, Burgundy has something for everybody. Its unequaled whites come in all styles and price points: from brisk weeknight quaffers to illustrious crus destined for a long stint in your cellar, these Chardonnays are anything but neutral.
If you’re like me, you’ll get a thrill not just from savoring the tried-and-true classics over and over again, but also from trying novelties that open our mind to the never-ending possibilities the wine world has to offer, all while stimulating the palate with new flavors.
Consider a lively glass of sparkling Petit Royal while you transplant those tender lettuces; a bright, peppy rosé before reorganizing the garage; or a lush, juicy red while painting the fence. Hard work has its rewards—at least one of them should be good wine
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