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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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  • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • ONEHOPE California Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    ONEHOPE California Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from California
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    • Esk Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
      Esk Valley Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    • Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
      Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    • Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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    • GEN5 Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      GEN5 Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Lodi, California
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      • Murphy-Goode California Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
        Murphy-Goode California Chardonnay 2017
        Chardonnay from California
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        • Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Columbia Crest Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
              Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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            • Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
              Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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            • Meiomi Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
              Meiomi Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017
              Chardonnay from California
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            • Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
              Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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            • Lost Angel Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
              Lost Angel Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from California
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              • Tortoise Creek Jam's Blend Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                Tortoise Creek Jam's Blend Chardonnay 2017
                Chardonnay from Lodi, California
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              • Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
                Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2017
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                • Angove Family Winemakers Family Crest Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                  Angove Family Winemakers Family Crest Chardonnay 2017
                  Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Trim Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                    Trim Chardonnay 2017
                    Chardonnay from California
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                  • Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                    Cycles Gladiator Chardonnay 2017
                    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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                    • Imagery Estate Winery Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                      Imagery Estate Winery Chardonnay 2017
                      Chardonnay from California
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                      • Montevina Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
                        Montevina Chardonnay 2017
                        Chardonnay from California
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                        • Cannonball Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                          Cannonball Chardonnay 2017
                          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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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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                          • Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
                            Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017
                            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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