Planeta Chardonnay

Planeta Chardonnay 2006 is quite possibly the best Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted and for QPR, probably the best white wine out there in the €20 price range. The Sicilian powerhouse “Planeta” has done it again, creating a fabulous wine that, together with their Syrah, must be two of the best mid priced wines certainly in Italy and even the entire wine world.

If you haven’t tried the Planeta range then you are really missing a treat, excluding the rather insipid cheapy that sells by the stack out here in Italy, “La Segreta Rosso“, a bland IGT wine made up of the local Nero d’Avola grape with some Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc thrown in. Sadly the Nero d’Avola is not really working out in this attempted blend. However, excluding, this wine every other Planeta offering is fabulous and gives you excellent QPR.

They are also readily available with Planeta producing a whopping 2,000,000+ bottles a year. This is one of the few wines I’ve talked about that you could possibly find in your local stores, unless you’re in Florida, then just give up.

Planeta’s Merlot and Syrah are outstanding wines, the producer has cleverly bought up some of the best positions in Sicily and their outstanding attention to detail has won them many plaudits. Planeta really understand that drinking wine is a complete experience, these are some of the best wines on the nose I’ve ever sampled with Sicily attacking my nasal passage so thoroughly that my minds eye explodes with a montage of orange groves, olive oil and even a touch of the Marlon Brandos! For me Planeta is Sicilian wine at its finest.

My preference for reds over whites leads me to recommend the 2005 Syrah just ahead of the 2006 Chardonnay, it is the slightly better wine. However, for me to give 92 points to a white wine is probably the equivalent in standards of a 95 point red, so, its goooood, it’s real good and you should buy this wine. For summer 2008, the Planeta Chardonnay 2006 is going to be perfect for a salad/bbq with friends.

Planeta Chardonnay 2006BUY – €18
Golden yellow in the glass, exceptionally strong colour for a white. The nose is giving sweet aromas of apples, caramel and honey, a really polished nose. The palate is outstanding, really creamy with hints of citrus fruits, very little oak. Classical finish, so polished that you’ll be dazzled by this wine. I really recommend this Chardonnay very highly possibly the best Chardonnay currently produced in Italy. – 92 Points

Where can I buy this wine?
EuropeansR2M – €18
AmericansPlanet of Wine – $30
BritsWineDirect – £17

Wow you Brits really get stuffed on Italian wine don’t you? Check out my company for this wine, we deliver to the UK too and when in stock, is cheaper than that.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Fabrizio says:

    I am amazed by your review, I tasted Planeta Chard. a couple of times in the past and both tastings left me pretty unimpressed.The wine was too muscular and fat, I found no citrus in mouth but plenty of wood. In a word this wine was everything but elegant (how much alcol does 2006 have?)Ok, if you like such kind of wines this shall be your favourite Italian Chard. but I would suggest to try something coming from Alto Adige instead.Cheers,Fabrizio

  2. Oh dear FabrizioI agree that it is muscular and fat but I enjoyed it that way, I never said it was elegant. I wasn’t getting wood comparing to most other Chardonnays. That was, there is wood of course, but that the other flavours were showing more stregth.What can I say, I think its a fantastic white wine, perhaps not true to its varietal in a traditional sense but it lights up all my senses which is why I scored it so highly. Understated it is not.I have had Chardonnays from the Alto Adige and found them more subtle and lighter of course. However, Do you have a recommendation, a specific wine for me, if you do I will give it a whirl and review it here :o)Thanks for your comments. Sarah

  3. Daniel Harkonen says:

    I loved the Godfather Fabrizio – I think Sarah got a touch of the Gary Veynerchucks today. Sarah – I really enjoy Planeta too but haven’t tried the Chardonnay. I’ll be the impartial judge.– DAN

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have love the Gaja Chardonnay from yesterday

  5. Simone says:

    What is it about the Godfather that everyone loves? My boyfriend is obsessed with it.Get over it, movies have been made since.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Godfather kicks butt

  7. Fabrizio says:

    I do understand you Sarah, Planeta Chardonnay is quite a powerfull wine, if it meets your likes it is surely a great wine.May I ask you what do you think about its alcool % and its potential food matchings?About Alto Adige Chardonnay I would surely recomend the Terlaner Chardonnay produced by Cantina di Terlano. I know that also Alois Lageder makes an excellent Chardonnay but I never tried it.

  8. Cristian says:

    Had the opportunity to taste the Planeta Chardonnay '96 at a Vertical tasting of whites,”…Formibadili quegli Anni…” in Monteforte d'Alpone, in May 2008. The wine was presented by Santi Planeta himself. Must admit that I not at all a fan of wooded, heavy, buttery whites, except for Viognier.
    But the Planeta family has succeeded in producing a great chardonnay to me, it is, perhaps, one of the best whites that I have ever tasted.
    I did not yet taste the 2007, stopped at the 2006 which is absolutely great, thought nothing can be better, still, the importer told me the 2007 one is even better !!
    In the top 20 “best whites of the world” at Wein & Co Austria, Planeta's Chardonnay ranks at no.4

  9. Roger says:

    As usual I come late to the debate but this is undoubtedly a beefy wine that is not for those at the Chablis end of the Chardonnay lovers spectrum. As for the best Italian Chardonnay I'd recommend trying Isole e Olena's effort.

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