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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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    • Louis Martini Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
      Louis Martini Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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      • Beaulieu Vineyard BV Coastal Estates Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
        Beaulieu Vineyard BV Coastal Estates Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 1998
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        • Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
          Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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          • Fetzer Sundial Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
            Fetzer 1999 Sundial Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 1998
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            • Sterling Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
              Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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              • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 1998
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                • Calera Central Coast Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                • Forest Glen Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                    • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay (375 ML half-bottle) 1998
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                    • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                      Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                      • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                      • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse (375ML half-bottle) 1998
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                        • Laboure Roi Meursault Blanc (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                          Laboure Roi Meursault Blanc (half-bottle) 1998
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                          • St. Supery Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                            • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                              Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                              • Clos Du Val Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 1998
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                              • DeLoach Russian River Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                                DeLoach Russian River Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
                                Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                              • Kenwood Sonoma County Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                                • Chartron et Trebuchet Rully La Chaume (half-bottle) 1998
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                                  • EOS Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                                    • Lockwood Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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