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Chardonnay Wine

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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 of Chardonnay wine. 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 Chardonnay 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 wine would likely enjoy this lighter style.

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  • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from California
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    • Francis Ford Coppola Chardonnay 93rd Awards Edition 2019  Front Label
      Francis Ford Coppola Chardonnay 93rd Awards Edition 2019
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Rombauer Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Rombauer Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from California
        • WE91
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      • El Enemigo  Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        El Enemigo Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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        • RP93
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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
        • TP92
        • WS90
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      • Novellum Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Novellum Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from Vin de France, France
        • JD94
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      • Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Raeburn Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Raeburn Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WW91
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      • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
        • TP94
        • WW90
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      • The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WE92
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      • Patrick Piuze Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2020  Front Label
        Patrick Piuze Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2020
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
        • V94
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      • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
        • JH98
        • D97
        • WS97
        • W&S95
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      • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Far Niente Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Far Niente Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
          • TP95
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          • WW92
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        • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • W&S92
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        • La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
          La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2020
          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
          • WW89
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        • Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
          Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2020
          Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
          • WW89
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        • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
          De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2021
          Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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        • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • JS95
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        • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
          Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2020
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
          • JS91
          • WW90
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        • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2020  Front Label
          Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2020
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
          • WW91
          • W&S91
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        • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
          • JD96
          • RP93
          • WS92
          • W&S91
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        • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • JS95
          • JD94
          • WE94
          • WS92
          4.0 13 Ratings
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