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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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  • Esk Valley Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
    Esk Valley Chardonnay 2010
    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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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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  • Lucinda & Millie Organic Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
    Lucinda & Millie Organic Chardonnay 2010
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    • Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
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      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
      Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2010
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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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        • Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2010
          Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
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        • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
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        • Novellum Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Novellum Chardonnay 2010
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        • Cuvaison Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Cuvaison Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        • Cuvaison Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Cuvaison Chardonnay 2010
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        • Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
          Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2010
          Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2010
            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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            • Christian Moreau Chablis 2010 Front Label
              Christian Moreau Chablis 2010
              Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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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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              • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2010
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              • Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2010
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              • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 2010 Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Chablis Vaudesir 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 Meursault 2010 Front Label
                  Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2010
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                • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                  Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2010
                  Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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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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                • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
                  Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2010
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                    Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 2010
                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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