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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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  • Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2012  Front Label
    Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Aubert Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Peter Michael Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 2012
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  • Eden Road The Long Road Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
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  • Jean-Paul Droin Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay 2012
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  • Ca'Momi Reserve Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Ca'Momi Reserve Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Avant Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Gallo Signature Series Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Gallo Signature Series Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Sugar Shack Estate Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
    Aubert Sugar Shack Estate Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Chardonnay from California
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  • Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Francois Raveneau Chablis Montee de Tonnerre Premier Cru 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Presqu'ile Presqu’ile Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Bruno Colin Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Vergers 2012
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
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