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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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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Summum Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Mayacamas Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Mayacamas Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Billaud-Simon Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Billaud-Simon Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Planeta Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Planeta Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault (Domaine) 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault (Domaine) 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Martinelli Martinelli Road Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Martinelli Martinelli Road Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Averaen Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Averaen Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Bishop's Peak Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Bishop's Peak Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Stoller Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Stoller Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Etchart Cafayate Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Etchart Cafayate Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina
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  • Arnot-Roberts Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Arnot-Roberts Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Bethel Heights Casteel Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Bethel Heights Casteel Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Vina Cobos Bramare Los Arbolitos Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Vina Cobos Bramare Los Arbolitos Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Talley Arroyo Grande Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Talley Arroyo Grande Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
    • V92
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