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1. Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Lesson 1

Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

For your first main lesson we'll be taking you through two incredible grapes, drinking some fantastic wines, and showing you how things like climate, age and some winemaking techniques can change the flavours of a wine. 

When your white wines are chilled, and your red wines have come up to room temperature - grab a couple of glasses and press play on the video below. 

Once you've finished your lesson you can test your knowledge with our chardonnay & pinot noir quiz here

There's more info on all of the wines below, and if you want to start building out a personal tasting profile - please tell us what you thought of each wine. We'll start collating that into a useful summary to help you describe what you do and don't like next time you're in a restaurant or wine shop.

Featured Wines

No. One

Chablis

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Chablis
Producer: Louis Michel & Fils
Year: 2019
ABV: 13%

Contains Sulphites

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A cool climate, un-oaked chardonnay. High acidity with a lot of mineral flavours. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative try the same producer's slightly lesser wine - the Petit Chablis for £18.95 here, or if you want to treat yourself you can find their Premier Cru here for £35.95. 

No. Two

Bourgogne Chardonnay

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Côte de Beaune
Producer: Buisson Battault
Year: 2018
ABV: 12.5%

Contains Sulphites

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Moderate climate, rich, buttery Bourgogne blanc with a touch of French oak. Emile wines stock this wine as well as this producer's other wines. Unfortunately this is his entry level chardonnay - but you can buy the level up for £52.50 and if you're looking for wines in a similar style, try this from Domaine Bouchard for £16.60.

No. Three

Bogle Chardonnay

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub-Region: Clarksburg
Producer: Bogle Vineyards
Year: 2019
ABV: 14.5%

Contains Sulphites

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A full bodied warm climate chardonnay with big bold flavours of butter, cream soda and some pineapple starting to creep in too. If you like this style ask for oaked California chardonnay - and if you want to try something a little bit special you can pick up this bottle from Stag's Leap Cellars for £32. 

No. Four

Marsannay Villages

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Marsannay
Producer: Domaine Bart
Year: 2017
ABV: 12.5%

Contains Sulphites

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A slightly more complex flavour, still plenty of red fruit but with some secondary characteristics coming through from the oak. If you're looking for other affordable wines in the Burgundy village category check out the Côte Chalonnaise - like this wine from the village of Mercury. 

No. Five

Morgeot 1er Cru

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Chassagne Montrachet
Producer: Fernand & Laurent Pillot
Year: 2018
ABV: 14.2%

Contains Sulphites

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Getting more complex, richer and fuller bodied with this wine from a very premium village. This price point is about the entry point for a 1er Cru wine - but if you're in the market for something really special there are plenty of other options at this price point to choose from. Like this from Aloxe-Corton, a bit further north in the region. 

No. Six

Aged Oregon Pinot

Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: Willamette Valley
Producer: J. Christopher Wines
Year: 2013
ABV: 13%

Contains Sulphites

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As pinot noir ages it changes colour and starts to take on some fantastic tertiary aromas and flavours, which is what is happening with this Burgundy inspired wine from Oregon. Aged wines are sometimes a little bit tricky (and expensive) to find - and if you're storing them long term make sure it's in a cool place with a consistent temperature (kitchens are not good!).