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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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    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Villa Mt. Eden Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
    Villa Mt. Eden Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 1998
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            • Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Le Clos Blanc 1998 Front Label
              Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Le Clos Blanc 1998
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                Howard Park Chardonnay 1998
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                • Louis Martini Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                  Louis Martini Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                  • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne 1998 Front Label
                    Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet La Garenne 1998
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                    • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                      Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 1998
                      Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Duboeuf Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                      Duboeuf Chardonnay 1998
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                      • Au Bon Climat Talley Vineyard Chardonnay 1998
                        Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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                      • Henry Estate Umqua Cuvee Chardonnay 1998
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                        • Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                          Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 1998
                          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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                        • Montinore Chardonnay 1998
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                            Concha y Toro Sunrise Chardonnay 1998
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                            • Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                              Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 1998
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                              • Pedroncelli Vintage Selection Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                                Pedroncelli Vintage Selection Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                                • Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                                  Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre Chardonnay 1998
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                                    • Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                                      Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay (half-bottle) 1998
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                                      • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                                        Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay 1998
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                                          Toasted Head Chardonnay 1998
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                                          • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay (375 ML half-bottle) 1998
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