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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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  • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc 2019
    Chardonnay from Hautes Cotes de Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Pommery Carneros Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Louis Pommery Carneros Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Ely by Callaway Cellars Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ely by Callaway Cellars Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2019  Front Label
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2019
    Chardonnay from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
    • JS93
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  • Skyside Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    Skyside Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
    • TP90
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  • Au Contraire Russian River Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Au Contraire Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WW89
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  • Oberon Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Oberon Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    • Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
      Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
      Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Louis Latour Montagny Les Buys 2019
        Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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        • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
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        • Flat Top Hills Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Flat Top Hills Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from California
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        • Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
          Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Macon La Roche Vineuse 2020  Front Label
          Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Macon La Roche Vineuse 2020
          Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
          • WW90
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        • Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
          Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020
          Chardonnay from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
          • TP92
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        • Charles Woodson's Intercept Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Charles Woodson's Intercept Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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        • Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • Orogeny Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
            Orogeny Vineyards Chardonnay 2016
            Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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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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              • Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Carneros, California
                • WW92
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              • Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2019
                Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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              • Merf Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Merf Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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