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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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  • Paul Hobbs Edward James Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Edward James Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Morlet Ma Douce Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Morlet Ma Douce Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • La Jota W.S. Keyes Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    La Jota W.S. Keyes Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Washington
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  • Gerard Tremblay Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2017  Front Label
    Gerard Tremblay Chablis Grand Cru Vaudesir 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Elyse Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Elyse Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      • Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Masut Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
        Masut Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Eagle Peak, Mendocino, California
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      • Failla Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
        Failla Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
        Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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      • Hendry Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Hendry Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Benjamin Leroux Auxey-Duresses 2017  Front Label
        Benjamin Leroux Auxey-Duresses 2017
        Chardonnay from Auxey-Duresses, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Mi Sueno Winery Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Mi Sueno Winery Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Domaine Robert-Denogent Saint-Veran Les Pommards 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Robert-Denogent Saint-Veran Les Pommards 2017
        Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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      • Angela Vineyards Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
        Angela Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • White Rock Vineyards Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          White Rock Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
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          • Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Pellet Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
              Pellet Estate Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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              • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
                Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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