The most famous of the white wine grape varieties. Since the New World hit the wine scene, Chardonnay on the label surpassed the regions like Chablis, Montrachet and the rest of Burgundy where it was best known. Aged in oak, or young and fresh, it's the chameleon of grapes. Depending on where it's grown and how it's treated, it can have rich, buttery and often tropical flavours, or if grown in cooler climes, a crunchy granny smith tingle. As and for bubbles, it's one of the main grapes in many Champagnes.