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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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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Far Niente Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cakebread Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • El Enemigo  Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      El Enemigo Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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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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    • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from California
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    • Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from 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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        • WW90
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      • Chloe Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Chloe Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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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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        • 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
          • D90
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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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        • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018  Front Label
          William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
          • WE93
          • WW90
          • WS90
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • WE88
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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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          • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
            • JS96
            • WS96
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          • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
            • WW89
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          • Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • WW90
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          • Domaine du Colombier Chablis Petit Chablis 2020  Front Label
            Domaine du Colombier Chablis Petit Chablis 2020
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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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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            • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2019  Front Label
              Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2019
              Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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              • Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
                Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2018
                Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
                Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 2018
                Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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