Three well-bred chardonnays

Three well-bred chardonnays

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The king of grape varieties needs no introduction. Being able to produce the greatest wines on the planet, the “chardo” also has its detractors. The Anglos even have an expression: Anything but Chardonnay. The most “international” white grape variety, we quickly get tired of its overly woody, overly buttery side, its notes of caramel and we quickly look (with good reason) elsewhere. But for anyone who thinks you don't like chardonnay, here are three that will change your mind.  

Drink less. Drink better.

Maison Ventenac, Prejudices 2021, Vin de France

$18.30 – SAQ code 14029197 – 13% – 1.7 g/The

Chardonnay that grows in Languedoc, we tell ourselves that it will be just too rich, too buttery. Well no ! It is certainly exotic with subtle notes of vanilla and cream, but the palate shows good freshness and remains elegant. Really well made and offered at less than $20. Screw cap in addition, which avoids the unpleasant surprises of a corked wine. 

★★1⁄2 $$

Quails' Gate , Chardonnay 2020, Okanagan Valley, Canada

$24.75 – SAQ code 12456179 – 12.5% ​​- 2.1 g/L 

This is probably the most classic example of “New World” Chardonnay. That of Quail'S Gate stands out for its restraint and controlled richness. We are clearly on the fruity side with a hint of woodiness and, one would dare say, a hint of “minerality” which translates into a saline sensation on the finish. It also comes with a screw cap.

★★★ $$1⁄2 

Merlin, Mâcon La Roche Vineuse 2020, France

$28.65 – SAQ code 13135941 – 13.5% 1.7 g/L 

We are back in France, in the Mâconnais, one of the regions that offers some of the best ratios quality/price with regard to the great classic Chardonnays of Burgundy. The one produced by Olivier Merlin is delicious. A very pleasant nose with nuanced aromas of yellow fruits, flowers and coconut. The material in the mouth is concise, ample and sapid. 

★★★ $$$

Legend

★ Fair

★★ Good

★★★ Very good

★★★★ Excellent

★★★★★ Exceptional

More stars than dollars: well worth its price.

As many stars as dollars: worth its price.

Fewer stars than dollars: wine is expensive.