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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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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2000 Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2000
    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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      Arroyo del Sol Chardonnay 2000
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      • Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
        Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2000
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Echelon Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
          Echelon Chardonnay 2000
          Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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        • Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Monterey Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
          Kendall-Jackson Great Estates Monterey Chardonnay 2000
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          • Franciscan Estate Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
            Franciscan Estate Cuvee Sauvage Chardonnay 2000
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Tamas Estates Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
            Tamas Estates Chardonnay 2000
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            • Clos LaChance Napa Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
              Clos LaChance Napa Chardonnay 2000
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            • Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2000
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              • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2000 Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2000
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                • Argyle Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
                  Argyle Chardonnay 2000
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                • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
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                    • Yarden Chardonnay  (OK Kosher) 2000 Front Label
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                      • Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
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                      • Duboeuf Bourgogne Blanc 2000
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                        • Edmeades Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2000 Front Label
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                        • Vina Tarapaca Chardonnay 2000
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                          Le Bonheur Chardonnay 2000
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