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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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  • Justin Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Justin Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    • Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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    • Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Chehalem INOX Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
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      • Green Hills Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Green Hills Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from California
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        • Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin 2009 Front Label
          Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin 2009
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Moobuzz Monterey Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Moobuzz Monterey Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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            • Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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            • Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Australia
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            • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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            • Layer Cake Virgin Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Layer Cake Virgin Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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            • Kim Crawford Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Kim Crawford Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from New Zealand
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              • Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2009
                Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                • Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                • Star Tree Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                  Star Tree Chardonnay 2009
                  Chardonnay from South Africa
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                  • Elsa Bianchi Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                    Elsa Bianchi Chardonnay 2009
                    Chardonnay from Argentina
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                    • Montevina Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                      Montevina Chardonnay 2009
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                      • The Crossings Unoaked Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                        The Crossings Unoaked Chardonnay 2009
                        Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                        • Yering Station Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                          Yering Station Chardonnay 2009
                          Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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                          • Wyndham Bin 222 Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                            Wyndham Bin 222 Chardonnay 2009
                            Chardonnay from South East Australia, Australia
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                            • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                              Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2009
                              Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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                            • Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                              Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2009
                              Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                            • Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                              Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay 2009
                              Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                            • Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
                              Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
                              Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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