Despite being the world’s most-popular white wine grapes, Chardonnay is managing to offer people some pretty good value recently. As it turns out, the globally planted French varietal can value alongside quality.
When it comes to the best value Chardonnays in 2021, its all about Chile, according to a recent article from Wine Searcher. On the site’s list for best bang-for-your-buck Chardonnays, five of the top ten hail from the South American nation.
To create its list, Wine Spectator made a simple algorithm where it divided the score by the price to give a value factor and the higher the factor the better the value. The higher the value factor, the more points per dollar.
Best Value Chardonnays on Wine-Searcher:
Wine Name Value factor
2019 Baglio del Cristo di Campobello Laudari Chardonnay, Sicily 5.88
2017 Tabali Talinay Chardonnay, Limari Valley 5.52
2018 Tabali Talinay Chardonnay, Limari Valley 5.22
2020 Tabali Talinay Chardonnay, Limari Valley 4.00
2019 Tabali Talinay Chardonnay, Limari Valley 3.35
2018 De Morgenzon Reserve Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2.82
2011 TarraWarra Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Yarra Valley 2.71
2017 Arterberry Maresh Chardonnay, Dundee Hills 2.21
2018 Baettig Seleccion de Parcelas Los Primos, Traiguen 1.68
2017 Weingut Erwin Sabathi Alte Reben, Südsteiermark 1.62
If you’re looking for the pinnacle of value Chardonnays, it seems like the answer lies in Sicily. The 2019 Baglio del Cristo di Campobello Laudari Chardonnay has received an average score of 97 points, but generally comes in around $18 per bottle. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find this beauty Stateside, but it’s accessible all over Europe.
Tablai Wines, meanwhile, manages to be the best brand when it comes to values for Chardonnays. The Chilean winery managed to get four different vintages on Wine Searchers list. The wines range from from the $17 2017 to the $28 2019.
Considering these bargains, it’s not surprising that Chardonnay continues to be the world’s favorite white wine.