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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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    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2018
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    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017
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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Domaine 2018  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • J Wilkes Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    J Wilkes Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis 2017 Front Label
    Domaine Louis Michel et Fils Chablis 2017
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  • Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gains Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2018
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  • Paul Hobbs Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2018  Front Label
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2018
    Chardonnay from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chappellet Grower Collection El Novillero Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Grower Collection El Novillero Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018
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    Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Brocard Vau de Vey Premier Cru Chablis 2018
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    Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Fess Parker Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Fess Parker Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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