Like me you might be a bit overwhelmed by the enormous number of available Chardonnay wines and their variety in tastes, aromas and flavours. Among the hundreds of different types of Chardonnay, I might have drank a couple of dozen. It also means that there are so many more that I might have missed and I am sure there must be some wines that will definitely be awesome.
Being based in a small community in Thailand I do not have daily access to a great number of quality wines, but right now we have the internet. I have meanwhile discovered that there is a wealth of information on Chardonnays and I wish to find the quality ones, without having to try all! This is where you and your experience can help!
From now on I am going to do Chardonnay wine reviews and ratings continuously and put our favourites on this site on the basis of short, to the point and not too complicated characteristics. If you are interested you can take part in this. And you do not need to be a sommelier, wine expert, because everybody can join in! We all have our personal tastes and favourites.
Hereunder I have listed the criteria at which to check the wines and a scoring form which will result in their classification and my ultimately goal is to summarize the top rated Chardonnays, updating it from time to time as necessary. I now have firstly published the top quality Chardonnays, based on my various reviews on wines from around the world, both the Old World and the New one. You can find it here, complete with a link to its review.
You will be able to score the wine with scoring criteria using the range from 0-100 as follows:
1) Aroma (apple, pear, banana, peach, apricot, lime, lemon, orange, tangerine) score maximum 30
2) Flavour (butter, cream, hazelnut or when oaked: vanilla, sweet wood, coconut) score maximum 40
3) Appearance (surface, clarity, bubbles, colour) score maximum 10
4) Total impression score maximum 20
What do the ratings mean?
|95–100||A classic great wine|
|90–94||An outstanding wine of superior character and style|
|85–89||A very good wine with special qualities|
|80-84||A good solid, well-made wine|
|75–79||A mediocre wine, drinkable but may have minor flaws|
Note that this scale starts at 50, there is no wine rating under this. Also, the perfect wine, with a score of 100 does not exist, but there will be lots of Chardonnays that will come close to perfection.
If not from myself, I have gathered rating information in my reviews from many reliable and expert sources in the internet, news papers, magazines and review forums. Consequently they will give you a fairly accurate score for the quality of each particular wine.
What were your best experiences with Chardonnay? What is the one you liked best? Tell us about it and give us your ratings. If you are unsure about the procedure to taste the wines, just see my scoring sheet and my article about wine tasting here!
Please join me to find the best Chardonnays worldwide and share your experiences in the comment box provided. You can leave your questions there as well and I will come back to you within 24 hours.