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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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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2003  Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2003
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    • Greg Norman Estates Victoria Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
      Greg Norman Estates Victoria Chardonnay 2003
      Chardonnay from Victoria, Australia
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    • Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
      Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2003
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      • MontGras Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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        • Arnold Palmer Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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          • Wolffer Estate La Ferme Martin Chardonnay 2003
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            • Two Vines Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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              • Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003
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              • Tyrrell's Moore's Creek Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                Tyrrell's Moore's Creek Chardonnay 2003
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                • Neil Ellis Chardonnay Elgin 2003 Front Label
                  Neil Ellis Chardonnay Elgin 2003
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                  • Kistler Vineyards Hudson Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                    Kistler Vineyards Hudson Chardonnay 2003
                    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                  • William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                    William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2003
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                    • Duck Walk Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                      • Nepenthe Unwooded Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                        Nepenthe Unwooded Chardonnay 2003
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                      • Distant Bay Monterey County Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                        • Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                          • Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                          • St. Francis Behler Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                            • Ironstone Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                              • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                                Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2003
                                Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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                              • J. Garcia Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                                • Cousino Macul Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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