WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Medium / High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Apple, Pear, Lemon, Peach, Melon, Banana, Pineapple

Widely planted around the world, ranging from crisp and unoaked to rich and buttery; particularly prominent in Chablis and Burgundy, France.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler regions, Chardonnay leans towards bright acidity, green apple, and mineral notes, offering a refreshing, zesty profile.

Warm/Hot Climate: Grown in warmer areas, it tends to express ripe, tropical fruit flavors, sometimes with a creamier, oaked texture. Chardonnay can thrive in both cool and warm climates.

Secondary

  • Buttery, creamy flavours will be added from malolactic conversion
  • Vanilla, Toast, Ginger notes from Oak maturation

Tertiary

  • Nuttiness - from ageing

Appelations / Producers of Note

Explore Chablis, Puligny-Montrachet, and Meursault in Burgundy for some of the finest Chardonnay wines.

Producers: Domaine Leflaive, Bouchard Père & Fils, and Kistler Vineyards are celebrated for their Chardonnay expressions.

Age-worthiness

Chardonnay is delightful when young, expressing its primary fruit and floral character.

Aging Potential: However, it truly shines with age, evolving into wines with complex tertiary aromas and flavors, often with a beautiful balance of acidity and texture.

First Published: Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 Last updated: Oct 21, 2023

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