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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 Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chardonnay from California
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  • Laguna Winery Russian River Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Laguna Winery Russian River Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2009
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Meerlust Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Meerlust Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Chile
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  • Antica Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Antica Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli Rachael's Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Rochioli Rachael's Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Chile
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    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Butteaux Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Catena Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Argentina
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  • MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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