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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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  • Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Staglin Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Staglin Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Wrath San Saba Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Wrath San Saba Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Wrath Clone 3 Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Wrath Clone 3 Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2014
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Wrath Fermata Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Wrath Fermata Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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