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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 Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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  • Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2010 Front Label
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  • Ceritas Porter Bass Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Meursault Goutte d'Or 2010 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres 2010
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lucien Le Moine Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • DuMOL Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
    DuMOL Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010
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    Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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