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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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  • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
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  • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
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  • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Hartford Court Stone Cote Chardonnay (torn label) 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Hanzell Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Hanzell Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2006 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault 2006
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Girard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Girard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Clos de la Barre 2006
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stonestreet Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Stonestreet Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2006 Front Label
    Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2006
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 Front Label
    Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Phelps Ovation Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Ovation Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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  • Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis 2006 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chablis 2006
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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