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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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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Petit Chablis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Petit Chablis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (3 Liter Bottle) 2017  Front Bottle Shot
    Rombauer Chardonnay (3 Liter Bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Far Niente Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Sur La Roche (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Sur La Roche (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Chardonnay from France
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      Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
      Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    • Domaine de Montille St-Aubin En Remilly Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
      Domaine de Montille St-Aubin En Remilly Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
      Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
      Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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    • Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Milly Lamartine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
      Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Milly Lamartine (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine de Montille Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Rombauer Chardonnay (5 Liter Bottle) 2017  Front Label
        Rombauer Chardonnay (5 Liter Bottle) 2017
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
        Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Chardonnay from Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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      • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
        Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault Poruzots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017 Front Label
        Domaine Antoine Jobard Meursault Poruzots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine de Montille Meursault Poruzots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
        Domaine de Montille Meursault Poruzots Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
        Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
          Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
          Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Les Ronchevats (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
          Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Les Ronchevats (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
          Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Kistler Vineyards Laguna Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
          Kistler Vineyards Laguna Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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