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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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  • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2002 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2002
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Melville Estate Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne 2002
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli River Block Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2002
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  • Mad Fish Western Australia Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Mad Fish Western Australia Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Western Australia, Australia
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  • Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Jadot Meursault 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • d'Arenberg Olive Grove Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2002 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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    Thorn-Clarke Milton Park Barossa Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Robert Young Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Robert Young Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2002
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  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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