Top 10 Chardonnays under £20

This year saw the drinks business build on its successful Masters series with the introduction of a competition dedicated to one of the world’s most widely planted grape varieties: Chardonnay.

ChardonnayThe Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters stands out for its assessment of wines purely by grape variety rather than region. Such a format makes the competition particularly suited for this variety, which manages to be not only widely loved, but often maligned or simply misunderstood by consumers.

Divided only by price bracket and, for ease of judging, whether the style was oaked or unoaked, the blind tasting format allowed wines to be assessed without prejudice about their country of origin.

Wines were scored out of 100, with those gaining over 95 points being awarded the top title of Master. Those earning over 90 points were given a Gold, those over 85 points a Silver and those over 80 points a Bronze.Chardonnay masters

The wines were judged by Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers over two days on 23 and 24 September 2013 at private members club Broadway House in London.

The judges were: Sarah Abbott MW, wine educator & consultant; Jo Ahearne MW, winemaking consultant; Richard Bampfield MW, consultant; Anthony Barne MW, head of wine, Bonhams UK; Beverley Blanning MW, author & journalist; Alex Hunt MW, purchasing director, Berkmann Wine Cellars; Keith Isaac MW, general manager, Castelnau Wine Agencies; Justin Knock MW, winemaking consultant; Rupert Millar, the drinks business; Sebastian Payne MW, buyer, The Wine Society; Hugo Rose MW, consultant; Gabriel Savage, the drinks business; Ronan Sayburn MS, head of wine, Dorchester Collection UK; Patrick Schmitt, the drinks business

The full list of Master, Gold and Silver medal winners appeared in November’s issue of the drinks business, but turn the page to see the top Chardonnays for under £20 – including many for less than £10.

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