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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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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2005  Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Santa Cruz Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Ridge Santa Cruz Chardonnay 2005
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
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    • Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
      Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
      Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
      Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Littorai Mays Canyon Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Littorai Mays Canyon Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalumeaux (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
        Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalumeaux (375ML half-bottle) 2005
        Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005 Front Label
          Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        • Martinelli Charles Ranch Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Martinelli Charles Ranch Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005  Front Label
          Aubert Quarry Vineyard Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • TOR Torchiana Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005 Front Label
          TOR Torchiana Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • DuMOL Chloe Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          DuMOL Chloe Chardonnay 2005
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        • DuMOL Isobel Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          DuMOL Isobel Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005 Front Label
          Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay (torn labels) 2005
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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        • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
          Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2005
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Henri Boillot Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2005
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          • DuMOL Clare Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
            DuMOL Clare Chardonnay 2005
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          • Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
            Kistler Vineyards Durell Chardonnay 2005
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          • Kistler Vineyards Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
            Kistler Vineyards Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
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          • Olivier Leflaive Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2005
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            • Paul Hobbs Ulises Valdez Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
              Paul Hobbs Ulises Valdez Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
              Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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