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Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, white wine. When Chardonnay grapes are planted on cool sites, the resulting wine's flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Food Pairings for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secrets for Chardonnay

Since the 1980s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy this lighter style.

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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from California
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    • WW91
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  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cakebread Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
      • D90
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    • El Enemigo  Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      El Enemigo Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
      • JS97
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    • Far Niente Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Far Niente Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
      • WW92
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    • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019  Front Label
      Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019
      Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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    • Chloe Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Chloe Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
      • WE90
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    • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
      William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
      • V93
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      • JS92
      • WS90
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    • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019  Front Label
      Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
      • WW92
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    • Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
      Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon Premier Cru 2018
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
      • BH93
      • RP92
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    • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
      • TP93
      • WW91
      • JS90
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    • Meiomi Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Meiomi Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from California
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      • Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
        • WW90
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      • Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
        • WW91
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      • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
        Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
        Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • D95
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      • Jordan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Jordan Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WW92
        • WE92
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      • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
        • WE91
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      • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
        William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2018
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
        • WE90
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      • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
        • WW89
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      • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • R. Dutoit Pouilly-Fuisse Les Vieilles Vignes 2019  Front Label
          R. Dutoit Pouilly-Fuisse Les Vieilles Vignes 2019
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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          • Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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