In Honor of Chardonnay Day
Chardonnay is thought to have originated in Burgundy, France, sometime in the early Middle Ages. Indeed, there is even a village called Chardonnay in Burgundy’s Mâconnais region. The richest white Burgundies are chardonnays at their most voluptuous, intellectual, and complex. They are made in the villages of Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet. But there’s also a very different style of sensational white Burgundy–Chablis. Precise and intense, Chablis is the purest, most mineraly version of chardonnay on the planet. Those designated “Premier Cru” are exquisite. And you don’t have to hock the family jewels to afford them.