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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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  • Chloe Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chloe Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, 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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    • Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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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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    • Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
      Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2016
      Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Hindsight Wines Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Hindsight Wines Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • B.R. Cohn Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
      B.R. Cohn Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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      • Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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      • Domaine Tollot-Beaut Bourgogne Blanc 2017 Front Label
        Domaine Tollot-Beaut Bourgogne Blanc 2017
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Mendocino, 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
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          • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Clos de la Truffiere Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
            Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Clos de la Truffiere Premier Cru 2018
            Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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          • Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • The Great American Wine Company by Rosenblum Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            The Great American Wine Company by Rosenblum Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from 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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            • Substance Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Substance Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
              Domaine Antoine Jobard St-Aubin Sur le Sentier du Clou Premier Cru 2016
              Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
              Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from Limari Valley, Chile
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            • Maddalena Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
              Maddalena Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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              dough Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from California
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              • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
                Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2017
                Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
                • WE92
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