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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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  • Far Niente Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chanson Pere & Fils Vire Clesse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
    Chanson Pere & Fils Vire Clesse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
    Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Chardonnay from France
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    • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
      Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Billaud-Simon Chablis Mont de Milieu Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
      Billaud-Simon Chablis Mont de Milieu Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
      Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
        Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
        Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
        Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
        Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
          William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Rombauer Chardonnay (5 Liter Bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Rombauer Chardonnay (5 Liter Bottle) 2015
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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          • Aubert Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2015 Front Label
            Aubert Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2015
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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          • Rombauer Chardonnay (3 Liter Bottle) 2015 Front Label
            Rombauer Chardonnay (3 Liter Bottle) 2015
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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          • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
            Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
            Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2015  Front Label
            Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2015
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Kistler Vineyards Laguna Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
            Kistler Vineyards Laguna Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2015 Front Label
              Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2015
              Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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