Is There World Class Italian Chardonnay?

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#1 Post by Michael S. Monie » August 3rd, 2016, 1:59 pm

I am referring to 100% Chardonnay, no cuvees with other varieties. Thanks
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#2 Post by Tom Hudson » August 3rd, 2016, 2:21 pm

I've always loved the Isole e Olena Chardonnay that Paolo De Marchi produces in Tuscany.
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#3 Post by Kelly Walker » August 3rd, 2016, 3:08 pm

Not much. But Querciabella Batar might qualify.
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#4 Post by Jens Bordasch » August 3rd, 2016, 3:33 pm

Batar is not 100% Chardonnay but 50% Chard and 50% Pinot Blanc
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#5 Post by Robert Panzer » August 3rd, 2016, 3:58 pm

Passopisciaro Chardonnay is getting better and better.
Pretty darn good.
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#6 Post by mattcitrang » August 3rd, 2016, 5:05 pm

Tom Hudson wrote:I've always loved the Isole e Olena Chardonnay that Paolo De Marchi produces in Tuscany.
Agree!

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#7 Post by Markus S » August 3rd, 2016, 5:14 pm

Nope. Enough Italian questions. Let's move on to France.
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#8 Post by Kelly Walker » August 3rd, 2016, 5:52 pm

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Jens Bordasch wrote:Batar is not 100% Chardonnay but 50% Chard and 50% Pinot Blanc
Correct. What was I thinking?
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#9 Post by davidsturek » August 3rd, 2016, 6:50 pm

what about Gaja's Gaia & Rey Chardonnay? Pricy for sure, but really damn good the few times I've had it.

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#10 Post by Ken V » August 3rd, 2016, 6:55 pm

davidsturek wrote:what about Gaja's Gaia & Rey Chardonnay? Pricy for sure, but really damn good the few times I've had it.
+1. Had the 1989 a few weeks ago. It was stunning.

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#11 Post by Bret Heiar » August 3rd, 2016, 8:31 pm

Aldo Conterno makes a great chardonnay.Meroi is decent, Isole e Olena, other then that, I have struggled to find good Italian chard. I would say Elena Walch but she uses 5 percent gewürztraminer.

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#12 Post by Cary Rosner » August 4th, 2016, 4:56 am

Gaja and Rey can give the top Burgundies a run for their money. A Tuscan Chardonnay named Monteverro is new but offers a ton of potential.

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#13 Post by J a y H a c k » August 4th, 2016, 5:40 am

davidsturek wrote:what about Gaja's Gaia & Rey Chardonnay? Pricy for sure, but really damn good the few times I've had it.
I had this once and was stunned by its complexity and fruit salad presentation, but it is very pricey.
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#14 Post by scamhi » August 4th, 2016, 6:05 am

Jermann makes a couple
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#15 Post by David White » August 4th, 2016, 6:12 am

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#16 Post by Jeff Moore » August 4th, 2016, 6:12 am

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#17 Post by Michael S. Monie » August 4th, 2016, 7:01 am

scamhi wrote:Jermann makes a couple
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Chardonnay Vernezia Guilia IGT 100% chardonnay
I had the Vernezia Guilia recently and liked it quite a lot. Jermann also makes a pretty good Pinot Grigio.
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#18 Post by Tom Moore » August 4th, 2016, 11:27 am

I really like the chards from Terlan from Trentino- Alto Aldige. Cool climate, minerally and good acids.

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#19 Post by A Yambor » August 4th, 2016, 11:50 am

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#20 Post by G. Greenbaum » August 4th, 2016, 12:30 pm

Friuli does. Agree with Susan on Jermann. Vignai da Duline makes the best Chardonnay I've had from IT. Kante is also excellent.
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#21 Post by Michael S. Monie » August 5th, 2016, 6:05 am

This has been a very interesting thread for me. I have made inquiries on some of the suggestions. Thanks to all who contibuted, especially those who do not post often.
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#22 Post by Al Osterheld » August 5th, 2016, 6:34 am

Not sure it's world class, but I like the Passopisciaro Guardiola Bianco from Etna.

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#23 Post by P. Willenberg » August 5th, 2016, 7:16 am

Does it have to be still? I can name a few world class Methode Chardonnay.
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#24 Post by Will P@yne » August 5th, 2016, 8:31 am

Tom Moore wrote:I really like the chards from Terlan from Trentino- Alto Aldige. Cool climate, minerally and good acids.
This is a really great recommendation. Especially if you can find their "Rarities" vintage chards.

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#25 Post by David Cooper » August 5th, 2016, 8:41 am

Castello della Sala from Antinori has been really good the few times I have had it. The entry level Bramito is delicious too. I also have really enjoyed the Antica from Atlas Mountain in California.

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#26 Post by Pierfrancesco Bini » August 5th, 2016, 9:00 am

For a country in the top #3 for wine production, we have been able to find 5/10 producers. There are more notewhorthy producers in Rully or Pernand. I wish Chardonnay was a star in Italy but it simply does not work.

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#27 Post by PeterH » August 5th, 2016, 12:31 pm

David Cooper wrote:Castello della Sala from Antinori has been really good the few times I have had it. The entry level Bramito is delicious too. I also have really enjoyed the Antica from Atlas Mountain in California.
Do you mean Cervaro della Sala? A beautiful wine, but a good percentage Grechetto.

I really like the white wines by the better producers of Trentino/Alto Aldige, but Chardonnay is way down on my list of grape varieties I seek from the region.

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#28 Post by Michael S. Monie » August 6th, 2016, 2:09 pm

Does anyone have experience with Fattoria La Monacesca "Ecclesia" Chardonnay Marche?
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