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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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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2020  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2020
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Macon La Roche Vineuse 2020  Front Label
    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Macon La Roche Vineuse 2020
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
    • WW90
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  • Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2020  Front Label
    Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2020
    Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
    • WW89
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  • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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  • AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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  • No Curfew by Amici Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    No Curfew by Amici Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2020  Front Label
    Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2020
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Truchard Estate Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Truchard Estate Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • TP92
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