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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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  • Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    • Jacuzzi Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Jacuzzi Chardonnay 2006
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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      • d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
        d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay 2006
        Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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        • Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
          Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2006
          Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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          • Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
            Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2006
            Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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            • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Vaucopins Domaine Long-Depaquit Premier Cru 2006  Front Label
              Albert Bichot Chablis Les Vaucopins Domaine Long-Depaquit Premier Cru 2006
              Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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              • Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2006
                Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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              • Christian Moreau Chablis 2006 Front Label
                Christian Moreau Chablis 2006
                Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
                  Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2006
                  Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                  • Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                    Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2006
                    Chardonnay from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2006
                      Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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                    • Staete Landt Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Staete Landt Chardonnay 2006
                      Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
                      Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
                      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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