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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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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Latour Marsannay Blanc 2011 Front Label
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  • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
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  • Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2011
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  • Aubert Eastside Russian River Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Aubert Eastside Russian River Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Saxon Brown Sangiacomo Green Acres Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Saxon Brown Sangiacomo Green Acres Chardonnay 2011
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos des Mouches Blanc Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Louis Latour Meursault Goutte d'Or 2011 Front Label
    Louis Latour Meursault Goutte d'Or 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2011
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
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  • Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Jean-Francois Ganevat Cotes du Jura Les Chamois du Paradis 2011 Front Label
    Jean-Francois Ganevat Cotes du Jura Les Chamois du Paradis 2011
    Chardonnay from Jura, France
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  • Saxon Brown Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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  • Cote Bonneville Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Chanson Pere & Fils Corton Vergennes Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Ladoix-Serrigny, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay 2011
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  • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
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    Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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    Aubert Eastside Russian River Chardonnay (1.5 Liter) 2011
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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