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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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  • Atlas Peak Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
    Atlas Peak Chardonnay 1998
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 1998
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 1998
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Columbia Crest Estate Series Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Estate Series Chardonnay 1998
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 1998
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    • Bulletin Place Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
      Bulletin Place Chardonnay 1998
      Chardonnay from Australia
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    • Villa Maria Private Bin Chardonnay 1998
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      • Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet Puligny Montrachet Les Chalumeaux Premier Cru 1998
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        • Meridian Edna Valley Chardonnay 1998
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        • Callaway Chardonnay Barrel Select 1998 Front Label
          Callaway Chardonnay Barrel Select 1998
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          • Antonin Rodet Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 1998
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            • Antonin Rodet Chateau de Rully Blanc 1998
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              • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 1998
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                • Hawk Crest Reserve Chardonnay 1998
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                  • Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
                    Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 1998
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                    • Hargrave Chardonnay Reserve 1998 Front Label
                      Hargrave Chardonnay Reserve 1998
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                      • Baileyana Monterey/San Luis Obispo Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
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                        • Kunde C.S. Ridge Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
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                          • Markham Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 1998
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                                Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                              • Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay 1998
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