The rich, tart and tangy JJ Vincent Bourgogne Blanc. 100% Chardonnay from Burgundy (Bourgogne), France. 70% of the wine was vinified in … [Read more...]
The Best Chardonnay - The Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
Chardonnay can be a bit of a love/hate proposition for a lot of people, but it doesn't have to be that way!
On the one hand you have the big, buttery style of wines that undergo malolactic fermentation and are usually aged in oak. (On a side note, because oak aging is associated with this style most people presume that is where the buttery notes come from but that is not the case - see the full explanation in our Ask The Expert episode on this question.)
On the other hand you have the naked, or unoaked, style that lets the true beauty of the grape shine through. While we naturally gravitate towards the latter group some of our very favorite Chardonnays are those that blend a bit of both styles together.
In this category we call out our favorites in both the oaked, unoaked and combined styles which means that we've got something for everyone!
Not only that, but we don't restrict our search for the best Chardonnay to California. One of the most grown grapes in the world, there's plenty of good Chardonnay to be found in places like France, Italy, Chile and more.
Read on for our picks of The Best Chardonnay Under $20!
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The Moobuzz Chardonnay, a mouthwateringly good Chardonnay from Monterey. 95.5% Chardonnay and 4.5% Pinot Blanc from the Mesa Del Rio … [Read more...]
The Kirkland Signature Series Chablis Premier Cru, big time Burgundy at a bargain price. 100% Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. The wine … [Read more...]
The Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay, a solid Chardonnay in a cool package. 100% Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey … [Read more...]
The Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay, our next top pick and why Trader Joe's is NOT the best place to buy it. 98% Chardonnay and 2% … [Read more...]
The Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay: A toasty, buttery bottle of goodness. 100% Chardonnay from California. The wine is 100% barrel … [Read more...]