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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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  • 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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • El Enemigo  Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    El Enemigo Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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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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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, 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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  • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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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
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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cupcake Vineyards Butterkissed Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cupcake Vineyards Butterkissed Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from California
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    • Clos du Bois Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Clos du Bois Russian River Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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      • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • DeLoach Russian River Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
        DeLoach Russian River Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Russian River, 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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      • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017
        Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2019
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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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          • Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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