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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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    Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
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  • Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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    Alma Rosa El Jabali Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Pulenta Estate Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Pulenta Estate Chardonnay 2017
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  • Smith and Sheth CRU Heretaunga Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
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    Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2017
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  • Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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    Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2017
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  • Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Clairault Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Clairault Chardonnay 2017
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis 2017 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Stella Bella Chardonnay 2017
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    Chardonnay from Tasmania, Australia
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    Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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