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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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  • Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005
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    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
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  • Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Beringer Sbragia Limited Release Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mak Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2005
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  • Tortoise Creek Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Tortoise Creek Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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  • Simon Bize et Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Vergelesses Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
    Simon Bize et Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Vergelesses Premier Cru 2005
    Chardonnay from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • RockBare Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Chile
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  • Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Spain
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  • Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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    Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2005 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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