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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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  • William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (5 Liter Bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay (5 Liter Bottle) 2016
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (3 Liter Bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay (3 Liter Bottle) 2016
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc Premier Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc Premier Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Cakebread Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Cakebread Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Alex Gambal St-Aubin Les Murgers Dents de Chien Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Alex Gambal St-Aubin Les Murgers Dents de Chien Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter) 2016 Front Label
    Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter) 2016
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet St-Aubin En Remilly Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet St-Aubin En Remilly Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Far Niente Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet Puligny-Montrachet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet Puligny-Montrachet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Aubert Eastside Russian River Chardonnay (1.5 Liter magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Aubert Eastside Russian River Chardonnay (1.5 Liter magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Sugar Shack Estate Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Aubert Sugar Shack Estate Chardonnay (1.5L Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Laguna Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Laguna Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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