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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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  • Colin-Deleger Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 1995 Front Label
    Colin-Deleger Chassagne Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 1995
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kalin Chardonnay Cuvee W Livermore Valley 1995 Front Label
    Kalin Chardonnay Cuvee W Livermore Valley 1995
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Kalin Cuvee CH Chardonnay 1995  Front Label
    Kalin Cuvee CH Chardonnay 1995
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Sella del Boscone Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Sella del Boscone Chardonnay 1995
    Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Latah Creek Chardonnay 1995
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      • Alois Lageder Chardonnay Buchholz 1995 Front Label
        Alois Lageder Chardonnay Buchholz 1995
        Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Silvan Ridge Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
          Silvan Ridge Chardonnay 1995
          Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Louis Jadot Meursault 1995 Front Label
          Louis Jadot Meursault 1995
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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          • Louis Martini Reserve Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
            Louis Martini Reserve Chardonnay 1995
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            • Eola Hills Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
              Eola Hills Chardonnay 1995
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              • Charles Krug Carneros Reserve Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
                Charles Krug Carneros Reserve Chardonnay 1995
                Chardonnay from California
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                • Buena Vista Grand Reserve Chardonnay 1995
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                  • Joseph Drouhin Saint-Aubin White 1995 Front Label
                    Joseph Drouhin Saint-Aubin White 1995
                    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                    • Bridgeview Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
                      Bridgeview 1997 Chardonnay 1995
                      Chardonnay from Rogue Valley, Oregon
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                      • M. Picard Dom Perdrix Blanc 1995
                        Chardonnay from Rhone, France
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                        • Tyrrell's Moon Mountain Hunter Valley Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
                          Tyrrell's Moon Mountain Hunter Valley Chardonnay 1995
                          Chardonnay from Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
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                          • Geoff Merrill Chardonnay Reserve 1995
                            Chardonnay from Australia
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                          • Baron Herzog Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 1995 Front Label
                            Baron Herzog Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 1995
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                            • King Estate Chardonnay 1995
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                              • Chateau de Meursault Chardonnay Clos du Chateau 1995
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                                • Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
                                  Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 1995
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                                  • Byron Reserve Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
                                    Byron Reserve Chardonnay 1995
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                                    • Yarra Ridge Chardonnay 1995
                                      Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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                                      • Sterling Winery Lake Chardonnay (1.5L) 1995 Front Label
                                        Sterling Winery Lake Chardonnay (1.5L) 1995
                                        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                                        • d'Arenberg Other Side Chardonnay 1995 Front Label
                                          d'Arenberg Other Side Chardonnay 1995
                                          Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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