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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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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • El Enemigo  Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    El Enemigo Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
    • D90
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  • Far Niente Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • WS90
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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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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2018
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
    • JS90
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  • Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
      • 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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    • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2018
      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
      • D97
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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
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    • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018  Front Label
      William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
      Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
      • WW94
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    • Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
      • WE91
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    • JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay 2019
      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
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