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Chardonnay

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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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  • Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2000
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2000 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2000
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2000
      Chardonnay from New Zealand
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    • Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Genevrieres 2000 Front Label
      Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Genevrieres 2000
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
      Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2000
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2000 Front Label
      Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2000
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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      • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
        Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2000
        Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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      • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2000 Front Label
        Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2000
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2000 Front Label
          Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2000
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Rombauer Chardonnay 2000
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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            • Rochioli Chardonnay 2000
              Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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              • Cakebread Chardonnay 2000
                Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                • Louis Jadot Meursault 2000 Front Label
                  Louis Jadot Meursault 2000
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
                    Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2000
                    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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                  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2000
                    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2000
                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Frederic Magnien Morey St. Denis Les Larrets (375ML half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                    Frederic Magnien Morey St. Denis Les Larrets (375ML half-bottle) 2000
                    Chardonnay from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
                      Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2000
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                      • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2000
                        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                        • Far Niente Chardonnay 2000
                          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Hanzell Chardonnay 2000  Front Label
                            Hanzell Chardonnay 2000
                            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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                            • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2000 Front Label
                              Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2000
                              Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                              Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2000
                              Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                            • Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 2000 Front Label
                              Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot Chassagne-Montrachet 2000
                              Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                              • Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2000 Front Label
                                Domaine Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2000
                                Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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