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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 Matrot Meursault Blagny Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Della Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Della Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • TOR Durell Vineyard Cuvee Mimi Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    TOR Durell Vineyard Cuvee Mimi Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine des Malandes Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine des Malandes Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Freeman Ryo-Fu Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Freeman Ryo-Fu Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Penner-Ash Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Penner-Ash Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cattleya Wines Cuvee Number Five Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Cattleya Wines Cuvee Number Five Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Cattleya Wines Call to Adventure Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Schug Estate Grown Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Schug Estate Grown Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Meursault Sous le Dos d'Ane Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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