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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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  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Cakebread Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Clos St. Jean Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Planeta Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Planeta Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
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  • Black Stallion Winery Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Black Stallion Winery Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2018
    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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  • Amici Olema Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Amici Olema Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Arboleda Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Arboleda Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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  • Paul Hobbs Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • diatom Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    diatom Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Fye 2018  Front Label
    Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Fye 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Antica Chardonnay (Mountain Select) 2018  Front Label
    Antica Chardonnay (Mountain Select) 2018
    Chardonnay from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Santa Carolina Reserva Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Santa Carolina Reserva Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Rapel Valley, Chile
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  • Catena Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Catena Appellation Tupungato Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
    • RP92
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