Decanter.com has an interesting story about the declining sales of Chardonnay in the UK accompanied by an interesting quote from Oz Clarke:
Chardonnay has made some of the world’s greatest wines. Everyone appreciated it – until Bridget Jones. Before Bridget Jones, Chardonnay was really sexy. After, people said, ‘God, not in my bar’.
I’ve taken a quick glance at Majestic’s figures which show Chardonnay sales broadly level – although interestingly we now sell significantly more Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay. Personally, I’m actually drinking more Chardonnay than I used to; I have always enjoyed white Burgundy, especially Chablis, but I’m also the more more elegant wines coming from New World nowadays. Chardonnays from producers like Yering Station in Victoria, Vasse Felix in Western Australia and Vergelegen in South Africa regularly appear on my dinner table.
Just for fun, what do you think?