What Type Of Chardonnay Should I Drink
The majority of people enjoy Chardonnay wine. However, there is still a strong contingent of people who consider Chardonnay to be their least favorite. The oaky and buttery aspect, especially in those Chardonnay’s commonly from CalIfornia, is the same reason for those who like it and for those who do not. This is a clear example of showing how everyone’s taste buds are different. I suggest if you are one of those in the dislike category that you try a Chardonnay that is unoaked, or aged with neutral (2-3 years used) oak. You might be surprised to learn that there are Chardonnay’s you like.
To show these examples we tasted the 2013 Domaine Eden and the 2015 Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse. With the Domaine Eden the wine is aged in 35% new French oak for 10 months with 100% malolactic fermentation, which gives the wine the buttery notes. The Jadot is aged in stainless steel and large neutral barrels.
The Domaine Eden is a well balanced wine that has noticeable oak and butter flavors, without either being too pronounced. The cooler higher altitude vineyards help to lend some pleasant acidity. Even with the acidity this is a great wine to drink on its own. We noticed aromas of honeysuckle and white flowers, with a hint of toasted nuts and a pleasant creamy mouthfeel.
The Jadot Pouilly Fuisse is a little lighter bodied, fresher, and fruitier than the Domaine Eden with notes of vanilla, melon and limestone. There is a higher acidity so I would pair this wine with food. The apple with a touch of grapefruit and slight hazelnut and toasted almonds flavors makes me want to enjoy trout almandine.
Let Chardonnay intrigue you. Whether it is the oak and butter you prefer or the clean and fruity with slight nuttiness that is your preference remember that not all Chardonnay’s are the same. Everyone can find a Chardonnay they like.