Champteloup Chardonnay - Waitrose

Champteloup Chardonnay

£7.99

Vegetarian
Vintage: 2013
Region: Loire , France
Variety: Chardonnay
Colour: White
Style: Dry
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure Type: Screw cap
This is a full-flavoured Chardonnay from the Loire Valley with a creamy texture and a superb mineral backbone. Enjoy with smoked cod or haddock on a creamy mustard mash.

The Loire offers a range of wines that suit every mood and occasion. From sparkling rosé to Pouilly-Fumé and Anjou red, the wines have a common character: they are light, delicate, refreshing and charming. The Loire is France's longest river at more than 1,000 kilometres and vineyards run alongside many of the vineyards.


Nearest the coast, Muscadet is produced from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. It's a refreshing white wine that's fantastic with white fish. Further inland, in the areas surrounding Angers, Saumur and Tours, the white Chenin Blanc grape makes a variety of styles, including dry and medium-dry whites from Anjou, sweet wine from the Coteaux du Layon and a whole spectrum of styles from Vouvray.


Red wines are usually made from Cabernet Franc, a fresh and fruity red that goes well with white meats and meatier fish such as tuna. The Central Vineyards are home to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, two classic Sauvignon Blancs with a characteristic aroma of gooseberries. They are a perfect match for the region's other local product, goat's cheese.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a beautifully versatile white grape variety that does well both in warm and cool climates, with or without oak ageing. Similarly, it produces an array of flavours: citrus, apple, peach and more tropical fruit such as pineapple and melon. The winemaker may also use oak and other techniques to produce buttery and toasty flavours. Chardonnay tends to have a quite soft texture and round mouth feel.