Features of Chardonnay Wine

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Chardonnay grapes are one of the most popular grapes for producing dry white wines. The two largest regions of chardonnay production in the world are Burgundy in France and California in the United States. Having said that however, Chardonnay is an extremely versatile grape and it grows almost anywhere in the world.

Since Chardonnay flavors are very alike those of oak, it is oaked most of the time. Most chardonnay wines will have some kind of oak treatment before or after the process of fermenting. The high quality oaked chardonnays use real barrels of French oak. The cheaper end wines will simply use a liquid oak flavor.

The majority of the time, if a Chardonnay does not say if it is oaked or not, you can assume it is oaked. The only exception is Chardonnays from northern Italy.

So what flavors should you look for a Chardonnay? Most people when tasting a chardonnay will say it is very toasty, vanilla or butterscotch. Some say it is even smoky or spicy. Well, unfortunately, they are not tasting the Chardonnay in that case, but the oak itself.

A true Chardonnay without any oak in it should be fruity and have flavors of the fruits in the region. These will be pear-like or water-melon like to even more tropical and exotic fruit tastes like pineapples. Chardonnay can also be earthy if it is grown in a soil with a lot of minerals. A true Chardonnay is slightly expensive, so to be able to sell the bottles for under $ 10, most wine makers at that price range put other grapes in them as well.

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Source by Daniel Munteanu