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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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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2017 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Tyler Winery Bien Nacido W Block Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Tyler Winery Bien Nacido W Block Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Cattleya Wines Alma de Cattleya Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Cattleya Wines Alma de Cattleya Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Wayfarer Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Wayfarer Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Walter Hansel Cahill Lane Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Paul Lato Done & Done Talley Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Lato Done & Done Talley Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Nielson Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Nielson Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Remi Jobard Meursault En Luraule 2017 Front Label
    Domaine Remi Jobard Meursault En Luraule 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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