A closer look: our new Own Selection Chardonnay

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We worked with California’s Ramey Wine Cellars to create our rich and complex Chardonnay
We are lucky enough to work with some of the world’s best producers to create our Own Selection wines. Each new addition comes about as the result of our strong relationship with a particular producer, and our total belief in the wines they’re making. We’re extremely proud of our dazzling new Californian Chardonnay

2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd, Sonoma County Chardonnay by Ramey Wine Cellars

What is it?  

We worked with Ramey Wine Cellars in Sonoma County to create this 2018 Chardonnay; it’s the latest addition to our Own Selection, and we think it’s a sensational wine. David and Carla Ramey pride themselves on creating wines that are rooted in French tradition, but driven by a sense of New World innovation. Ramey’s Chardonnays are considered among the best in North America. 

Why’s it different?  

This wine is made from fruit that comes from the border of the Dry Creek AVA and the Russian River Valley AVA. The wine’s flavour profile is on the cooler side that’s typical of Russian River Valley wines; the élévage is the same as that of Ramey’s Russian River Valley Chardonnay, and the winemaking is similar too, except that this wine is made from grapes which have been picked slightly earlier for freshness, and there’s no new oak.  

What about its flavour profile?  

This is a beautifully elegant Chardonnay, revealing the power of Ramey’s winemaking. It has a rich ripeness, with hints of butter and cream on top. There’s a delicious depth of ripe lemons and golden apples, which runs through the core of this wine – all kept in check by a refreshing acidity. A warmth comes through on the finish, alongside hints of harmoniously integrated French oak and subtle notes of toast and spice. This is a wonderful wine to drink now, right up to 2026.  

What should I eat with it?  

This Chardonnay would pair perfectly with creamy dishes or seafood. We’d suggest a light and elegant crab linguine, such as Angela Hartnett’s recipe in the Guardian.  

You can buy our 2018 Own Selection Chardonnay here.