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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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  • Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • JCB No. 81 Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    JCB No. 81 Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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  • Giant Steps Arthurs Creek Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Giant Steps Arthurs Creek Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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  • Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Jean-Marc Morey Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Les Caillerets 2011
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2011
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2011
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Catena Zapata Adrianna White Bones Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Argentina
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  • Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Moucher Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Moucher Premier Cru 2011
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Spain
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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Novellum Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Bodini Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Bodini Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Argentina
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  • Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Argentina
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  • Foxglove Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Foxglove Chardonnay 2011
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011
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  • Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Chile
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  • Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011 Front Label
    Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc 2011
    Chardonnay from Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
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