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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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  • Far Niente Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, 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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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
    • WW90
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  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Cakebread Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WW93
    • WE90
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
    • RP93
    • WW93
    • CG90
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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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  • diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
    • RP93
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    • JD92
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
    • W&S90
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  • Simi Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Simi Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, 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
      • WW91
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    • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
      • WW90
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    • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from California
      • WW90
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    • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
      • V94
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    • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, 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
        • WS92
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      • AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
        • WW91
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      • Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
          Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
          • D90
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        • Clos du Bois Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Clos du Bois Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Raymond R Collection Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Raymond R Collection Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from 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
              • WW89
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            • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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              • Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
                Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017
                Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Substance Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Substance Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
                • JS93
                • JD90
                • WW90
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