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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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  • MontGras Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    MontGras Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Chile
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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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    • Gallo of Sonoma Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
      Gallo of Sonoma Chardonnay 2003
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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      • Buckeley's Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
        Buckeley's Chardonnay 2003
        Chardonnay from Australia
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      • Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
        Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
        Kistler Vineyards Vine Hill Chardonnay 2003
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Two Vines Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
        Two Vines Chardonnay 2003
        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2003 Front Label
          Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2003
          Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
            Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2003
            Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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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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          • Alamos Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
            Alamos Chardonnay 2003
            Chardonnay from Argentina
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            • Duck Walk Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
              Duck Walk Chardonnay 2003
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              • Cousino Macul Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                Cousino Macul Chardonnay 2003
                Chardonnay from Chile
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                • Laboure Roi Bourgogne Blanc Maximum Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                  Laboure Roi Bourgogne Blanc Maximum Chardonnay 2003
                  Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                  • Nepenthe Unwooded Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                    Nepenthe Unwooded Chardonnay 2003
                    Chardonnay from Australia
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                  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2003
                    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                  • William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                    William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay 2003
                    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny 2003 Front Label
                      Dom. Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Hameau de Blagny 2003
                      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                      • Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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                        • Neil Ellis Chardonnay Elgin 2003 Front Label
                          Neil Ellis Chardonnay Elgin 2003
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                          • Kunde Reserve Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                            Kunde Reserve Chardonnay 2003
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                            • Leaping Horse Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                              Leaping Horse Chardonnay 2003
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                              • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                                Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2003
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                                • Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                                  Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2003
                                  Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                                  • Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
                                    Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay 2003
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