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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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  • Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2012
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  • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Eastside Russian River Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Aubert Eastside Russian River Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
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  • Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2012
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  • Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 2012
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  • Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay 2012
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  • Meerlust Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Meerlust Chardonnay 2012
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  • Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Saxon Brown Durell Hayfield Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Saxon Brown Durell Hayfield Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mischief and Mayhem Puligny-Montrachet 2012 Front Label
    Mischief and Mayhem Puligny-Montrachet 2012
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Tendril Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Tendril Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cote Bonneville Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sandhi Bentrock Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Sandhi Bentrock Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Villa Russiz Grafin de la Tour 2012 Front Label
    Villa Russiz Grafin de la Tour 2012
    Chardonnay from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Roco Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Roco Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Saxon Brown Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Saxon Brown Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Chasseur Durell Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Chasseur Durell Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Maldonado Parr Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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