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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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  • Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Plantagenet Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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  • Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay 2009
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  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Cono Sur Bicicleta Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Chile
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  • Shea Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Shea Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Chardonnay from Argentina
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  • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Landmark Overlook 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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  • Dierberg Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Dierberg Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Foxglove Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Foxglove Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, 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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  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from California
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  • Stonestreet Gravel Bench Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Stonestreet Gravel Bench Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna White Stones Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna White Stones Chardonnay 2009
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    Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2009
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  • Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
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    Apaltagua Reserva Chardonnay 2009
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  • HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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