Fun Facts About Chardonnay Wine
Chardonnay is now the most widely planted white grape variety, globally. It surpasses Spain’s Airén and Italy’s vinegar grape, Trebbiano.
Chardonnay is a major grape in Champagne, and other sparkling wines, such as Crémant, Franciacorta, and Trento.
The grape originated in a small village of Chardonnay in France. The name originally meant “place of thistles” or “thistle covered place.”
By law, if a label says “Chablis,” it must be Chardonnay.
If you see “Blanc de blancs” on a Champagne label, you’re almost certainly drinking 100% Chardonnay.
Chardonnay is said to be “made in the winery,” as it gets most of its hallmark tasting-notes of butter from winemaking methods.
Even though Chablis and cool climate areas tend to show wines with bright acidity, the natural acidity in the grape is actually moderately low.
Wente in California is famous for cloning Chardonnay from Burgundy in 1912. That clone, called the Wente clone, is the source material for nearly 80% of American Chardonnay plantings today.
Chardonnay started trending as a baby name in the UK around 2002 because of a character in “Footballer’s Wives.”
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