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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
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      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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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        • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
          Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2002
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Geyser Peak Ricci Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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          • Pindar Sunflower Special Reserve Chardonnay 2002
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            • Yalumba Y Series Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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              Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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            • Hollywood and Vine Cellars 2480 Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
              Hollywood and Vine Cellars 2480 Chardonnay 2002
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              • Villa Mt. Eden Coastal Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                • St. Innocent Anden Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                  Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                • Kim Crawford Tietjen Gisborne Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                  Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                • Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
                  Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2002
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                  • Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                  • Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                    • Toasted Head Chardonnay 2002
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                    • Rosemount Giants Creek Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                      • Bernardus Monterey County Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                        • Iron Horse Corral Vineyard Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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                        • Geyser Peak Russian River Chardonnay 2002 Front Label
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