This is a follow-up on the previously published article “This is All You Need to Know About Chardonnay“.
Just like any wine making country in the world, Chardonnay is very popular in Lebanon. You’ll find many Lebanese white wines made of 100% chardonnay, and many more made of blends including chardonnay. To help you maneuver the crowded Lebanese wine scene, here’s a list of 13 Lebanese white wines made from Chardonnay. Some of these are my favorites, while others I haven’t tried yet – but would love to. So make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram to let me know your thoughts about any of them out!
Chardonnay – Single Varietals
As I explained in a previous article, single varietal wines are made completely from a single grape. Single varietal Chardonnays are extremely popular, since chardonnay can be made into so many different styles. In terms of Lebanese chardonnay, you’ll find that the style is consistently similar to that of Côte d’Or, Bourgogne. Since Lebanon has a similar warm climate, the aromas that develop in chardonnay are stone fruits, tropical fruits, and citrus. You’ll notice that most Lebanese winemakers also oak age their chardonnays to add toast, spice, and vanilla aromas to their wines. Below is a list of six single varietal Lebanese white wines made completely from Chardonnay.
4) Chardonnay by Batroun Mountains
5) Reserve Ammiq Chardonay
6) Crystal by Aurora Winery
Chardonnay – Blends
I have to say, my favorite white wines to drink, whether Lebanese wines or otherwise, are the oaked Chardonnay Viognier blends. Luckily, this a very successful and popular blend to make all over the world. Both Chardonnay and Viognier make full-bodied white wines. They’re also both typically oak-aged to develop a creamy texture. However, while their taste profiles can be very different, they complement each other perfectly, the Chardonnay with its citrusy notes and the Viognier with its floral and sweet aromas. Here is a list of seven Lebanese white wines blended from Chardonnay with mainly
7) Atibaia White (Blend: Chardonnay, Viognier, oaked)
8) Cuvée Saint Elie White by Chateau Heritage (Blend: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Viognier, oaked)
9) Blanc de Blancs by Chateau Kefraya (Blend: Viognier, Chardonnay, Muscat à Petits Grains)
10)Blanc de Cana by Chateau Cana (Blend: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Meessasi, oaked)
11) Blanc du Clos by Coteaux du Liban (Blend: Chardonnay, Viognier, oaked)
12) El Ixsir White (Blend: Chardonnay, Viognier, oaked)
13) Emiresse by Clos du Phoenix (Blend: Chardonnay, Marsanne)
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