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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 2006
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  • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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  • Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Ramey Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
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  • Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2006
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet La Cabotte Grand Cru 2006
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  • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
    Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Hanzell Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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