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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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        • Mezzacorona Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999 Front Label
          Mezzacorona Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999
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          • Mer Soleil Barrel Fermented Chardonnay (1.5 L) 1999
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            • Lindeman’s Bin Series Bin 65 Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999 Front Label
              Lindeman’s Bin Series Bin 65 Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999
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              Walnut Crest Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999
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              • Barton & Guestier Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999 Front Label
                Barton & Guestier Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999
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                • Banrock Station Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999 Front Label
                  Banrock Station Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999
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                    Callaway Coastal Chardonnay (1.5 L) 1999
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                    • Robert Mondavi Coastal Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999 Front Label
                      Robert Mondavi Coastal Chardonnay (1.5L) 1999
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                    • Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay (1.5 L) 1999 Front Label
                      Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay (1.5 L) 1999
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                      • Merryvale Silhouette Chardonnay (1.5 L) 1999
                        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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