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Chardonnay

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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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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2017
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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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  • Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Aubert CIX Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2017
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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  • Ojai Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Ojai Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, 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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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Lioco Sonoma Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
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  • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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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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  • Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2017
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  • Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2017
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    Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2017
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  • Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay 2017
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    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2017
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    Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire-Clesse 2017
    Chardonnay from Vire-Clesse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017
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    Amapola Creek Jos. Belli Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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