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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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  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
    Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2010
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
      Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2010
      Chardonnay from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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    • Cuvaison Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
      Cuvaison Chardonnay 2010
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    • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2010 Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2010
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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      • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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      • Lucinda & Millie Organic Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
        Lucinda & Millie Organic Chardonnay 2010
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        • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2010
          Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2010
          Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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        • Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2010
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2010
          Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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          • Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
            Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2010
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            • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
              Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2010
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2010
                Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
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              • Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2010
                Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Cuvaison Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                Cuvaison Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2010
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                Novellum Chardonnay 2010
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              • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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                Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2010
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                • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                  Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2010
                  Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Christian Moreau Chablis 2010 Front Label
                  Christian Moreau Chablis 2010
                  Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                  • Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                    Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2010
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                    • Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                      Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 2010
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                    • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2010 Front Label
                      Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2010
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                      • Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2010 Front Label
                        Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2010
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