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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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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Napa Cellars Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2018
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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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  • 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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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Billaud-Simon Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Billaud-Simon Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 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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  • Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Roland Lavantureux Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Roland Lavantureux Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, 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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  • Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Brocard Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Valmur Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Talley Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Lange Winery Three Hills Cuvee Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Lange Winery Three Hills Cuvee Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Robert Oatley Signature Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Robert Oatley Signature Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
    • WE92
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