Olly’s Chardonnay choices

I recently attended the opening of the The Pig in the South Downs, a boutique wine shrine of a hotel complete with its own newly planted Sussex vineyard. Sipping Ridgeview’s Blanc de Blancs I was reminded of the piercing splendour of top-class Chardonnay. In the past, it was too often weighty and heavy on the oak, but these days it is trending towards a laser-like focus of light refreshment.

Olly’s pick of the Chardonnay bunch

Specially Selected Limestone Coast Chardonnay 2020 (13.5%), £5.99, Aldi. Great value. Delivers bright refreshment on the peachier side.

Grove Mill Chardonnay 2019 (13%), £9.75, The Wine Society. Superb to enjoy alongside fresh seafood, this bright Kiwi is a modern icon.

Finest Chablis 2020 (12.5%), £13, Tesco. Lemony freshness with a creamy texture. What a wine to unwind with!

Hidden Spring Chardonnay 2019 (11%), £20, hiddenspring.co.uk. A meteorite of a wine from East Sussex. Zesty, bright and memorably magical.

Wine of the Week

Macon Vergisson, Les Rochers, Domaine Guerrini & Fils 2020 (13.5%), £12.90, tannerswines.co.uk. A peach dressed up as a lemon – as good as white gets under £15.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 3rd Oct 2021



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