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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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    Mirassou Chardonnay 2002
    Chardonnay from California
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    • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
      Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2002
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      St. Supery Chardonnay 2002
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2002
        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        • Fortant Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 2002 Front Label
          Fortant Chardonnay (OU Kosher) 2002
          Chardonnay from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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            • Villa Mt. Eden Coastal Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
              Villa Mt. Eden Coastal Chardonnay 2002
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              • Hollywood and Vine Cellars 2480 Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
                Hollywood and Vine Cellars 2480 Chardonnay 2002
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                • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
                  Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2002
                  Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
                  Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2002
                  Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                • Banrock Station Chardonnay 2002
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                  • St. Innocent Anden Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                  • St. Clement Chardonnay 2002
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                  • Kim Crawford Tietjen Gisborne Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
                    Kim Crawford Tietjen Gisborne Chardonnay 2002
                    Chardonnay from Gisborne, New Zealand
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                  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
                    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2002
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                  • Toasted Head Chardonnay 2002
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                    • Rosemount Giants Creek Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                      • Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                        • Iron Horse Corral Vineyard Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                        • Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                        • Brancott Gisborne Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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