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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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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Green Hills Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Green Hills Chardonnay 2009
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    • Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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    • Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
      Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2009
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Frog's Leap Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    • Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Australia
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    • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
      Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2009
      Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
          Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009
          Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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          • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2009 Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2009
            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Veramonte Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Veramonte Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Chile
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            • Cuvaison Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
              Cuvaison Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
              Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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              • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2009
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                • Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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                • Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Christian Moreau Chablis 2009 Front Label
                    Christian Moreau Chablis 2009
                    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                  • Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                    Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2009
                    Chardonnay from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                    Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2009
                    Chardonnay from Australia
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