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Chardonnay

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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 2019  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Adelsheim Staking Claim Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Adelsheim Staking Claim Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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  • Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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  • GEN5 Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    GEN5 Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Lodi, California
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  • Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Starmont Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Starmont Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Brocard Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Robert Oatley Signature Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Robert Oatley Signature Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Bethel Heights Casteel Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Bethel Heights Casteel Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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