The name chardonnay is derived from:
A. A Latin word meaning “place of thistles”
B. A medieval French term for “white chalky soil”
C. A combination of two Greek words meaning “golden sphere”
D. A Celtic term meaning “that which is delicate”
Chardonnay is derived from the medieval Latin word cardonnacum, meaning “place of thistles.” Thistle is chardon in French. There is a small village in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy called Chardonnay.