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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 2009 Front Label
    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2009
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
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    • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
      Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009
      Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009
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    • Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    • Hanzell Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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    • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
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    • Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009 Front Label
      Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009
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    • Kistler Vineyards Hudson Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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    • Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Sea Smoke Cellars Gratis Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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      Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Rochioli Rachael's Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Rochioli Rachael's Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2009
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        • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
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        • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
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        • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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        • Antica Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Antica Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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        • Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
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        • Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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        • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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        • Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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          Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
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        • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
          Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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