It wasn’t long ago that there was an imaginary wine club dubbed ABC or ‘Anything But Chardonnay’.
It was in the days of all that ‘sunshine in a bottle’ chardonnay that filled the shelves, mainly from Australia - over-oaked, over-ripe and over here. But chardonnay has changed and here are three bottles to remind you of what you may be missing. Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Limoux Chardonnay 2012 (Sainsbury’s £8.24 on offer from £10.99 until April 8) is a rich style with some vanilla oak and peachy fruit on the nose and a creamy mouth feel. The Co-op Truly Irresistible Chablis Premier Cru 2011 (Co-op, £14.99) made by one of the region’s best- known producers, has citrus fruit, green apples, minerals and notes of ‘wet stone’ often associated with Chablis. Serve with fresh seafood.
Robert Oatley ‘Signature’ Chardonnay 2013, Margaret River
From Western Australia, forget any preconceptions you may have of Aussie Chardonnay at this price, as this is very grown-up indeed. There is peach and orange fruit, really well-judged oak in the background and mouth-watering crisp acidity to finish. Try this with a simple roast chicken.