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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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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Alain Chavy St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2018  Front Label
    Alain Chavy St-Aubin Premier Cru En Remilly 2018
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Hahn SLH Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hahn SLH Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Martinelli Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ritual Casablanca Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ritual Casablanca Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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  • Averaen Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Averaen Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Patrick Piuze Bourgogne Tonnerre Les Boutots 2018  Front Label
    Patrick Piuze Bourgogne Tonnerre Les Boutots 2018
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Bodegas Nekeas Vega Sindoa Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Navarra, Spain
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  • Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Elgin, South Africa
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  • William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Martinelli Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Martinelli Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Morgan Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Morgan Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Failla Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Failla Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Los Arbolitos Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Los Arbolitos Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Billaud-Simon Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Billaud-Simon Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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