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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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  • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Benjamin Leroux Meursault La Piece Sous le Bois Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Benjamin Leroux Meursault La Piece Sous le Bois Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017  Front Label
    Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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  • Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Blanc Les Fortunes 2018  Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Blanc Les Fortunes 2018
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
    • D91
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  • Tyler Winery Bien Nacido W Block Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Tyler Winery Bien Nacido W Block Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Louis Latour Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche 2018
    Chardonnay from Montagny, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Melville Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Melville Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Arnot-Roberts Watson Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Arnot-Roberts Watson Ranch Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Louis Jadot Santenay Clos Faubard Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Santenay Clos Faubard Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Philippe Colin St-Aubin Premier Cru Charmois 2017  Front Label
    Philippe Colin St-Aubin Premier Cru Charmois 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru Blanc 2015 Front Label
    Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru Blanc 2015
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    De Wetshof Bon Vallon Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Robertson, South Africa
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  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc Clos St. Philibert 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc Clos St. Philibert 2017
    Chardonnay from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
    • D90
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