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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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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019  Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019
    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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  • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Edward James Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Edward James Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • El Enemigo  Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    El Enemigo Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Catena Alta Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Catena Alta Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • William Hill North Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    William Hill North Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Cailleret Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Cailleret Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Folie a Deux Russian River Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Folie a Deux Russian River Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Black Stallion Winery Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Black Stallion Winery Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2019  Front Label
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2019
    Chardonnay from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Schug Carneros Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet Sous le Puits Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet Sous le Puits Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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