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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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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2004  Front Bottle Shot
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2004
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Marcassin Zio Tony Ranch Chardonnay 2004
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Haywood Vintner's Select Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
    Haywood Vintner's Select Chardonnay 2004
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    • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
      Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2004
      Chardonnay from Chile
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      • Markham Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
        Markham Chardonnay 2004
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
          Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2004
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Ruffino Libaio 2004 Front Label
          Ruffino Libaio 2004
          Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
            Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2004
            Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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            • Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
              Peter Michael La Carriere Chardonnay 2004
              Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • St. Clement Carneros Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
              St. Clement Carneros Chardonnay 2004
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              • Camelot Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                Camelot Chardonnay 2004
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                • Little Penguin Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                  Little Penguin Chardonnay 2004
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                  • Trefethen Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                    Trefethen Chardonnay 2004
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                    • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                      Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2004
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                      • Jewel Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                        Jewel Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2004
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                        • Penfolds Thomas Hyland Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
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                          • Acacia Carneros Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
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                            • Argyle Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                              Argyle Chardonnay 2004
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                              • Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                                Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2004
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                                • Greg Norman Estates Australia Estate Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                                  Greg Norman Estates Australia Estate Chardonnay 2004
                                  Chardonnay from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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                                • Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                                  Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2004
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                                  • Groth Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
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                                    • Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2004 Front Label
                                      Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2004
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