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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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    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2015
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    Domaine Marc Morey Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets Premier Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse Les Clos Reyssie 2015
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  • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
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    Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
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    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2015  Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2015
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  • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Les Ruchottes Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2015
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  • Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2015
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    Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2015
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    Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2015
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    Blue Farm Laceroni Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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