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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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  • Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 1996
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Hogue Genesis Crawford Vineyard Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
      Hogue Genesis Crawford Vineyard Chardonnay 1996
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      • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 1996 Front Label
        Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (375ML Half-bottle) 1996
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        • Santa Carolina Chardonnay Reserva (1.5L) 1996
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          • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1996 Front Label
            Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 1996
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            • Penfolds The Valleys Chardonnay 1996
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              • Ch. Reynella Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                Ch. Reynella Chardonnay 1996
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                • M. Picard Chardonnay Vin de Pays 1996
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                  • Lagaria Chardonnay (1.5L) 1996
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                    • Bethany Creek Chardonnay 1996
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                      • Stonestreet Sonoma Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1996
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                        • Errazuriz Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                          Errazuriz Chardonnay 1996
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                          • Antonin Rodet Les Gravains Savigny les Beaune 1996
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                            • Lorane Valley Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                              Lorane Valley Chardonnay 1996
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                            • Fortant Chardonnay  (OU Kosher) 1996 Front Label
                              Fortant Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 1996
                              Chardonnay from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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                              • Caliterra Reserva Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                                Caliterra Reserva Chardonnay 1996
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                                • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                                  Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 1996
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                                  • Seven Peaks Chardonnay 1996
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                                    • St. Francis Chardonnay (1.5L) 1996
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                                      • Henry Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                                        Henry Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 1996
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                                        • Rex Hill Chardonnay 1996
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                                            • Errazuriz Reserve Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
                                              Errazuriz Reserve Chardonnay 1996
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                                              • Plaisir de Merle Chardonnay 1996
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                                                • Lockwood VSR Estate Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
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