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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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  • Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      Clos Du Val Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Louis Latour Meursault Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Louis Latour Meursault Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2012
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
        Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
        Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
          La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Migration Russian River Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
            Migration Russian River Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
            Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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            • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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              • Domaine Matrot Meursault (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                Domaine Matrot Meursault (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                Landmark Overlook Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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              • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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              • Jermann Dreams (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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                Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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              • DuMOL Russian River Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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              • William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                William Fevre Chablis Montmains Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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              • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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              • Clos du Bois Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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                • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                  Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                  Chardonnay from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Schug Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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                • Qupe Bien Nacido Block 11 Chardonnay Reserve (375ML) 2012 Front Label
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