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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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  • Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
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  • Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
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  • La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2018
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  • Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
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  • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, 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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  • Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Morgan Metallico Unoaked Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Morgan Metallico Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Diora La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Diora La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • A to Z Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    A to Z Chardonnay 2018
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  • Sean Minor 4B Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Sean Minor 4B Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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  • Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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  • Howard Park Miamup Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Lange Winery Three Hills Cuvee Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Lange Winery Three Hills Cuvee Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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