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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 2002 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2002 Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Jadot Meursault 2002 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Meursault 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2002 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kongsgaard Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Perrieres 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Vaillons 2002 Front Label
    Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Les Vaillons 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Valmur Domaine Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Vincent Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002 Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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