The world’s best Chardonnays for under £20

21st February, 2017 by Patrick Schmitt

We bring you the best-performing Chardonnays under £20 from The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016, including wines from South Africa to Sicily, and Israel to Australia. By Lauren Eads and Patrick Schmitt MW.

Over the following pages we have selected the cream of the crop from our Global Chardonnay Masters 2016, taking in labels from a surprisingly broad range of regions, along with plenty from places you might expect to craft great wine from this noble grape.

What makes these wines special is our judging process – each of these Chardonnays have been judged blind without any knowledge of their source country, allowing our experts to asses them purely for quality without prejudice about their region of origin.

Furthermore, the following labels have been selected by an exacting panel of judges, made up of Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, and have all achieved a gold medal or our ultimate accolade, the title of Master, which is only awarded to wines that receive an average score of more than 95 points.

While this is just a selection of the top-performers for under £20, you can see all the medal-winners in The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters by clicking here, while the judges for 2016’s competition can be seen below.

The judges: Front row (l-r): Michelle Cherutti-Kowal MW, Hugo Rose MW, Jonathan Pedley MW. Middle row (l-r): Patricia Stefanowicz MW, Lucy Shaw, Christine Parkinson, Patrick Schmitt MW. Back row (l-r): Alberto Segade, Miles Corish MW, Keith Isaac MW, Thomas Chevalier

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