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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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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Brittan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Brittan Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Miner Family Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Miner Family Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Billaud-Simon Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Billaud-Simon Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • GEN5 Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    GEN5 Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Lodi, California
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  • Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Neyers Carneros Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Neyers Carneros Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Radio-Coteau Wingtine Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Radio-Coteau Wingtine Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Della Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Della Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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  • Heitz Cellar Quartz Creek Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Quartz Creek Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaudevey Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaudevey Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Bindi Wines Kostas Rind Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Bindi Wines Kostas Rind Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Victoria, Australia
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  • Bien Nacido Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Bien Nacido Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Keenan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Keenan Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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