De alcoholvrije witte wijn, Chardonnay van Leitz

One of the most widely planted white grape varieties in the world, Chardonnay is known for its versatility and ability to develop a wide range of flavor profiles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. From the mineral and fresh wines of Chablis to the rich and buttery versions of California, Chardonnay can appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. The grape often undergoes malolactic fermentation, resulting in softer acids and adding distinctive buttery and yogurt-like notes. The influence of oak barrels contributes to the flavors of vanilla and butter, which is why Chardonnay is often thought of as a 'winemaker's grape' due to the strong influence of winemaking techniques on the final product.

The Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Chardonnay is an alcohol-free wine that reflects this versatility of the Chardonnay grape. This particular product presents itself with a clear Chardonnay aroma of fresh star fruit and citrus, complemented by light hints of green peppers. These characteristics give the wine a fresh and crisp impression, with a dry aftertaste and a relatively long aftertaste. It is the latest addition to Leitz's NA range, and according to their statements, a product they are proud of for its wine-like qualities, despite the lack of alcohol.

In addition, the Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Chardonnay is made from grapes from the Palatinate region of Germany, an area known for its slightly warmer climate that gives the wine more body. The alcohol is removed through vacuum column distillation, which ensures that almost no flavor is lost during this process. The wine has been awarded an 8 by Hamersma, making it the highest scoring non-alcoholic white wine. Since 2023, Leitz has been certified "Fair 'N Green", which stands for the promotion of biodiversity, fair wages and social involvement, and natural viticulture.

Compared to traditional Chardonnay wines, the Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Chardonnay offers a unique experience that stays close to traditional Chardonnay flavor profiles, while offering an alcohol-free alternative. This makes it an excellent choice for those who enjoy the taste of Chardonnay but want to avoid alcohol for whatever reason.