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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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  • Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault Perrieres Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault Perrieres Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc Clos St. Philibert 2009  Front Label
    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc Clos St. Philibert 2009
    Chardonnay from Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
      Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 2009 Front Label
      Faiveley Puligny Montrachet 2009
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2009 Front Label
      Domaine des Comtes Lafon Meursault Charmes 2009
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
        Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2009
        Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Bodini Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Bodini Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Argentina
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      • La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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      • Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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      • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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      • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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      • Talbott Logan Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Talbott Logan Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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      • Louis Latour Meursault Les Genevrieres 2009 Front Label
        Louis Latour Meursault Les Genevrieres 2009
        Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2009 Front Label
        Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2009
        Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
        Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2009
        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Chile
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        • Justin Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
          Justin Chardonnay 2009
          Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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          • Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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          • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
            Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
            DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2009
            Chardonnay from California
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            • Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009 Front Label
              Brocard Les Clos Grand Cru Chablis 2009
              Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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            • Laguna Winery Russian River Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Laguna Winery Russian River Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Kistler Vineyards Hudson Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Kistler Vineyards Hudson Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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            • Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
              Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2009
              Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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