International Chardonnay Day
We are celebrating International Chardonnay Day today, so we have hand-picked a selection of our team’s favourites.
De Wetshof’s Bon Vallon Chardonnay Sur Lie is a firm favourite with many of the team here at Ellis. It was awarded Top 15 in the Chardonnay du Monde 2019 out of the 696 Chardonnays tasted – quite an achievement if you ask us, and very well deserved! This Chardonnay is unoaked, with delicate aromas of lemon, honeysuckle, blossom and peach. The wine was matured on its lees to produce a vibrant, lemony dry wine with a yeasty and delicate nutty finish. It pairs well with Caesar Salad or seared salmon or tuna, equally, it will complement grilled or roasted white meats and pan-fried duck. The perfect accompaniment to those summery dishes to enjoy in this gorgeous weather.
Holly Ellis’s go to has got to be the David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay. She likes to enjoy this with her favourite homemade mac and cheese. “Exactly what I like in a Chardonnay, smooth velvety texture and stone fruit flavours. This worked perfectly with a homemade mac & cheese!”
New to our list, Maria’s choice would be the Neleman Chardonnay Muscat. “As a designer, I’m a sucker for a good brand, and Neleman are a fab example. Great packaging, and a great wine to match.” The chardonnay in this wine was late picked to achieve an advanced point of ripeness, the muscat was harvested early to retain crisp acidity levels and subtle floral notes. Fresh floral aromas on the nose follow through to the palate with notes of white peach and citrus. Well balanced with a fresh finish. Bottled with a helix cork which acts as a ‘cork screw cap’.
Another great choice from Laurent, is the Chardonnay ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Moulin d’Argent from Domaine des Herbauges. This ‘old vine’ Chardonnay is super fresh and lively with a lovely twist of lemon acidity. A beautifully unoaked and fresh Chardonnay which is balanced and dry. The palate is full of white peach and apple flavours and develops exotic fruits such as pineapple, banana and quince on the palate. A good structure with a fresh acidity leads into a lingering finish. For an indulgent treat serve with a seafood platter and oysters.
Louise's choice is the Macon Villages 'Clos Condemine' by Domaine Luquet. "This is one of the best value Macon wines we have and it is a delicious unoaked Chardonnay from Patrick Luquet, a fifth generation vigneron whose family cellar and winery is in the village of Fuisse. The Clos de Condemine vineyard is located in the village of Charmay les Macon where the soils are clay. A pale gold colour, the nose has ripe pear, white peach and apricot. On the palate it is creamy with red apple, melon and peach flavours combined with minerality and a well balanced and lingering finish."
You can view a list of all our Chardonnay’s on offer here.
Cheers to International Chardonnay Day!