France is one of the best Chardonnay producing countries in the world, with the Burgundy region as its most important contributor.
White Burgundy Chardonnay is almost universal. Chardonnay grapes love the chalky, limestone-rich soil of Burgundy. That is a major reason why the area produces so many brilliant wines. Burgundy is considered the birthplace of Chardonnay, the basis of the best vineyards producing some of the greatest Chardonnay in the world. Important towns in Burgundy are Chablis, Aloxe-Corton, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet and Pouilly-Fuisse. French Chardonnay is made in Alsace, the Loire Valley and southern France.
See my review of some of France’s top rated Chardonnays here under. All wines have been rated, see details of how the rating is done here.
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Hi Jerry, what a fantastic website! It tells you how to be an expert in the French wine industry with the proper wine terms and being able to distinguish between the right wine and a cheap knock-off wine. I like it because it was informative and it is like a mini-instruction book of how to be a sommelier in the wine industry and to be able to know what the favourite Chardonnay is. Jennifer
Hi Jennifer, France, in particular Burgundy, is of course where Chardonnay originated from and up until today they still produce among the world’s best wines. Whether oaked or unoaked. But nowadays it is not only France anymore as many other countries are catching up. First and foremost among them is California Chardonnay, especially the ones from Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Find all my product reviews here. Cheers, Jerry
I don’t have much experiences with wines but I had a sip here and there offered by friends or other people. Since I am located in US, I won’t be able to purchase bottles introduced on this website. So what will be a good starter for a “wine newbie” like me that I can acquire here in the states?
Thank you Yoon. If you click on the page wine reviews and ratings you will find a summary of all my wine reviews per market, including wines for delivery in the US area. Amongst them are reviews for California, Chile, Argentina plus Sonoma and Napa Valley. I would recommend some of the really outstanding US Chardonnay wines from Sonoma and Napa. Cheers, Jerry
My wife loves wine! I have recently started to research and look more into finding more exclusive (I guess exclusive is the word I’m looking for) wines for us to try, sort of as a bonding/hobby time thing. Plus, it helps to set the tone for a lovely evening. I will bookmark this site as you seem to be the authority on fine wine good sir!
Hi Christian, thanks you for your reaction and if you ever need some advice on wine in general or Chardonnay white wine in particular, then just let me know through the comments section. Meanwhile, if you go for some special wines, then you could visit my page with the world’s best Chardonnays here. Cheers, Jerry
Was doing some research and ran across this article on Chardonnay. I’m not going to lie.. I drink one glass a night. Normally at dinner. Not because I love it, but to stay healthy. Drinking a glass of wine a day is said to help ya live longer… any truth to that? Anyway, I would love to plan a trip to France and actually taste Chardonnay right from the source. Cheers!
Hi John, drinking one glass of Chardonnay per day or even two, when you are male, is quite ok. It is said that one glass of red wine per day can help you live longer because of the anti oxidants/reservatrol contained in it. This is, however, not scientifically proven yet. White wine has health benefits, which I have described in this article. Cheers, Jerry
Hi Jerry and thanks for that quick reply. I will take the two locations you have given me and set them aside for future reference.
You are welcome Travis.
When I use to live in Europe I had done some touring into different areas but missed out on going into France to check out their Chardonnay wineries. I was so busy with all the countries north, south and to the east I actually never took the drive into France from Germany.
I did do some wineries but mostly I was checking out the spirits such as wine and beer.
If I ever get back to Europe I would like to try some Chardonnay wine tasting in the southern part of France before getting bottles sent.
Hi Travis, to taste Chardonnay in the southern part of France you can then go to the Languedoc. If you have the time, then visit the Burgundy as well! Cheers, Jerry
I have noticed a ranking system on this page ranging from 50 – 100. Then I read the reviews of the products listed. I did not see what you ranked each individual product. I am interested in the 5th product Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc. I personally favor white wines. I am wondering where on your rating scale you would place this product?
Hi Brenda, directly under each product I have listed vintage, abv, price and also ratings. I rated, always based on a couple of reviews, the Cigalus Blanc at 87 out of a 100, which makes it a very good wine. So this wine is an excellent choice. Cheers, Jerry
This is good info. I recently got into wine after meeting a guy who is an apprentice sommelier. Ill probably direct him to your site as you seem to know your stuff. Its also good to know that quality wines dont have to break your bank as you’ve shown here
Hi Chris, thank you for the referral. Maybe you can ask him to comment on my site when visiting, so that we all may learn from each other. Cheers, Jerry