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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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  • Jermann Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
    Jermann Chardonnay 1997
    Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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        • B.R. Cohn Joseph Herman Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
          B.R. Cohn Joseph Herman Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 1997
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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          • Rosemount Roxburgh Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
            Rosemount Roxburgh Chardonnay 1997
            Chardonnay from Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia
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            • Errazuriz Reserve Chardonnay 1997
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              • Kunde Wildwood Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                • Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                  • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1997
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 1997
                    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Cascade Ridge Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                    Cascade Ridge Chardonnay 1997
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                    • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                      • Markham Reserve Chardonnay 1997
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                        • Benziger Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                          Benziger Reserve Chardonnay 1997
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                          • Kunde Kinneybrook Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                            • Stonehaven Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                            • ZD Wines Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                              • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Chardonnay 1997
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                              • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 1997
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                                • Aldo Conterno Bussiador Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                  Aldo Conterno Bussiador Chardonnay 1997
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                                  • Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                                    Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay 1997
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                                  • Rutherford Hill Hunter Ashby Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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