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Celebrate the Chardonnay Festival : Everything you need to know about this emblematic grape variety



May 16 marks a special day for wine lovers around the world - the Fête du Chardonnay. It's a celebration dedicated to one of the world's most iconic and best-loved grape varieties. Chardonnay, a French grape variety that has conquered palates the world over, deserves to be celebrated for its fascinating history, rich flavours and remarkable versatility.

Origins and history

Chardonnay, originally from Burgundy in France, is one of the oldest and noblest grape varieties in the wine world. Its history goes back centuries, and it is often associated with some of the most prestigious and coveted wines, such as the Grand Crus of Chablis and the white wines of the Côte de Beaune.


Chardonnay characteristics and tasting

This grape variety stands out for its versatility and its ability to fully express the terroir in which it is grown. Chardonnay can produce a wide range of wines, from fresh, lively whites to rich, opulent wines and elegant sparkling wines such as champagne. Its aromas can range from lemon and green apple to butter, vanilla and hazelnut, depending on the winemaking style and growing conditions.

Appreciating Chardonnay requires careful tasting to capture all its complexity. When tasting, observe the colour of the wine, note the aromas on the nose and palate, and appreciate the texture and length on the palate. Chardonnay can be enjoyed young for its freshness and liveliness, or aged to develop richer flavours and complex nuances.

Food and wine pairing

Because of its versatility, Chardonnay goes well with a wide variety of dishes. From seafood dishes like oysters and prawns to poultry and pork dishes, richer dishes like mushroom risotto or soft cheeses, Chardonnay offers an infinite range of delicious pairings.

Psst : Vitivalor Wines has put together a small selection for you :

  • Domaine Baptiste Bienvenu - Chablis Grand Cru ‘Les Clos


This Chardonnay Festival, take the time to celebrate this exceptional grape variety that has captured the hearts of wine lovers the world over. Whether you prefer a fresh, crisp Chardonnay or a rich, opulent Chardonnay, there's a wine for every occasion and every palate. Join us in raising a glass and paying tribute to this jewel of French and world viticulture!


Our sources :

-        Le Progrès

-        Le Figaro

-        Cuvée Privée


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