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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
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Kistler Vineyards Trenton Roadhouse Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
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    Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2011
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    Kistler Vineyards Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
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  • Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
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    Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2011
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  • Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2011 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2011
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011
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    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Grenouilles Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Premier Cru 2011
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    Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne Premier Cru Duc de Magenta 2011
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    Chanson Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chenevottes Premier Cru 2011
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  • Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay 2011  Front Label
    Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay 2011
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    Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    DuMOL Chloe Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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