Chardonnay is a Burgundy grape variety. Its production in France has increased over the decades, the number of hectares cultivated has, for example ,more than doubled since 1988. Its clusters and grapes are small.
The Chardonnay grape variety
This variety is called Chardonnay B as it produces a white wine and B is the letter for white wines under the grape variety identification code.
It grows on moderately fertile soil, more calcareous or marly. Chardonnay B is used to produce dry white wines and sparkling wines, as well as fortified wines. It has hazelnut, dried fruit, butter and exotic fruit flavours.
Also find out about Pinot noir, Merlot, Montrachet and Meursault.
A young Chardonnay B vine in Burgundy. © JustinC, Wikipedia CC by sa 2.0