What Makes Chardonnay Great: ‘Texture is Paramount’
on 27/08/13 at 10:37 amWine
Bouchard Père et Fils head winemaker Philippe Prost shares his views on what makes Chardonnay great and who are producing inspirational expressions of the grape.
Prost, who has been with Burgundy’s Bouchard since 1978, stresses the importance of achieving ideal maturity for top Chardonnay, and says that the grape requires a long cool ripening period to preserve acidity, limestone for “minerality”, and restraint when it comes to the use of new oak.
Outside Burgundy, he rates California and South Africa for their Chardonnays, and within his home region he is inspired by winemaker Bernard Morey and the wines of Frères Fichet in the Maconnais.
The full Q&A with Prost can be viewed below and is one of a handful of interviews with leading Chardonnay producers ahead of the inaugural Chardonnay Masters by the drinks business.
What factors in your view make a Chardonnay great?
Above all, great maturity. We are fortunate to be able to achieve great maturity because we have consistent acidity. This is also the secret to a creamy, tart impression, which gives a special texture. And texture is paramount – salinity and minerality are assets that give a tone, a life to this grape variety.