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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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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
    • JS97
    • D94
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    • RP90
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WW91
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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
    • RP93
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  • Far Niente Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
    • WS90
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE88
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  • AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
    • WW90
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  • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
    • WE91
    • WW90
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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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  • 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
    • D90
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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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    • Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
      Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
      • JS90
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    • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018  Front Label
        J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018
        Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
        • BH91
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      • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
        Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
        • WW92
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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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        • BH96
        • D95
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      • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
        • JS96
        • WS96
        • WW93
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      • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
        • TP92
        • WW90
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      • Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from California
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        • Dutton-Goldfield Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
          Dutton-Goldfield Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
          Chardonnay from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
          • WE95
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        • Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • WW90
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        • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
          • WS92
          • WE91
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        • Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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