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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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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from California
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    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Novellum Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Folie a Deux Russian River Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Folie a Deux Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lucinda & Millie Organic Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Lucinda & Millie Organic Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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    • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2017 Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2017
      Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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      • Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
        Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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      • Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Cote de Lechet Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
        Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Cote de Lechet Premier Cru 2017
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Keenan Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
        Keenan Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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      • Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
        Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2017
        Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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        Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay 2017
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          Staglin Salus Chardonnay 2017
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          • Henri Costal Chablis Les Truffieres 2017 Front Label
            Henri Costal Chablis Les Truffieres 2017
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Esk Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
            Esk Valley Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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            Cono Sur Organic Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Chile
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            • Hess Select Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
              Hess Select Chardonnay 2017
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              • Jean Leon Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                Jean Leon Chardonnay 2017
                Chardonnay from Penedes, Spain
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                  Domaine Zafeirakis Chardonnay 2017
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                  • Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                    Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017
                    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                  • Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                    Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2017
                    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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