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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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  • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
    Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
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    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
    Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet 2008 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet 2008
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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    • Lewis Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
      Lewis Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2008
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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    • Camelot Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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      • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
        Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2008
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
        DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2008
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        • Dancing Bull Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
          Dancing Bull Chardonnay 2008
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        • Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
          Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
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        • Plantagenet Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
          Plantagenet Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
          Chardonnay from Australia
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        • Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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          • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2008 Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2008
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              • Murphy-Goode California Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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                • J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Vineyard Series Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                  J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Vineyard Series Chardonnay 2008
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                • Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                  Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2008
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                • Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2008 Front Label
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