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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
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  • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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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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  • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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      • Jordan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Jordan Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WW92
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      • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017  Front Label
        Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
        Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • RP97
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      • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
        Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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      • Far Niente Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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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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        • WW94
        • RP91
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      • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
        Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2018
        Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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      • Chloe Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Chloe Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Louis Jadot Chablis 2019  Front Label
          Louis Jadot Chablis 2019
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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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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          • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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          • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru Marquis de Laguiche  2018  Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru Marquis de Laguiche 2018
            Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
            • RP93
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