2016 Reserve Chardonnay from Liquidity Winery ranked No. 1 in the world at the 2018 Chardonnay de Monde competition in France
An Okanagan Chardonnay has once again beat the French at their own game.
The Chardonnay du Monde competition is held annually in France’s Burgundy region, which also happens to be the birthplace of Chardonnay and traditionally where the best bottles of the world’s most popular varietal are made.
However, this year, the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay ($42) from Liquidity Winery in Okanagan Falls was ranked No. 1 in the world of the 679 entered in the contest from 39 countries.
Liquidity is ecstatic with the wine’s win.
The winery knew the 2016 vintage was exceptional, that’s why it entered the competition.
But to come away with the ultimate prize is an astonishing dream come true.
The champion chard was crafted by Liquidity winemaker Alison Moyes from estate grown grapes off 26-year-old vines.
The ferment saw 25 per cent aging in new barrels for concentrated and elegant, but not overwhelming, aromas and flavours influenced by oak.
The fruit and treatment results in a complex wine with aromas of toasted almond, pear, peach and liquorice and flavours of lemon curd, pineapple and hazelnuts with a creamy mouthfeel and bright acidity.
It’s a shame more people won’t get a chance to drink the world’s finest.
A limited amount of this chard was made and it will be offered first to members of Liquidity’s wine club.
Any that’s left over will go on sale in July only at the winery’s shop.
The No. 2 wine at this year’s Chardonnay de Monde is also from the Okanagan.
The 2016 Chardonnay Icewine ($80 for a 375 ml bottle) from Kalala Organic marks the fourth time a sweet dessert wine from the West Kelowna wine has placed in the top 10.
It offers up aromas and flavours of honeysuckle, lemon meringue, candied orange peel, apricot and pear.
In 2016, Kalala’s Chardonnay Icewine also shocked the wine world when it was ranked No. 1.
Five other Okanagan wines medalled at Chardonnay de Monde this year.
The top 10 list, which was actually 13 wines due to some ties, also consisted of seven chards from France and one each from the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Argentina and Brazil.
Nk’Mip Winery in Oliver picked up gold for its 2016 Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay ($25), a butterscotch on the nose and citrus and pear on the tongue interpretation of the varietal.
Silver medals went to Oliver’s Tinhorn Creek 2016 Chardonnary ($19.50), the 2016 Chardonnay ($23) from Quails’ Gate in West Kelowna, Oliver’s Inniskillin Dark Horse Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay ($35) and the C.C. Jentsch Small Lots Series 2016 Chardonnay ($36) in Oliver.