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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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  • Albert Bichot Chablis Les Vaudesirs Grand Cru Domaine Long-Depaquit 2005
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
      Louis Latour Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2005
      Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    • Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
        Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
        Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay 2005
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Chile
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        • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2005  Front Label
          Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Joseph Drouhin Chablis Premier Cru 2005 Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Chablis Premier Cru 2005
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Ridge Santa Cruz Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Ridge Santa Cruz Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalumeaux 2005 Front Label
          Domaine Matrot Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Chalumeaux 2005
          Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Haywood Vintner's Select Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Haywood Vintner's Select Chardonnay 2005
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          • Green Point Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
            Green Point Chardonnay 2005
            Chardonnay from Australia
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            • Fleur du Cap Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
              Fleur du Cap Chardonnay 2005
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            • Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
              Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005
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            • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
              Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
              Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Hess Monterey Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
              Hess Monterey Chardonnay 2005
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              • Geyser Peak Russian River Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                Geyser Peak Russian River Chardonnay 2005
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                • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                  La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2005
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                  • Kistler Vineyards Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                    Kistler Vineyards Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
                    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                    Concannon Selected Vineyards Chardonnay 2005
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                    • Laboure Roi Pouilly-Fuisse Vallon d'Or 2005 Front Label
                      Laboure Roi Pouilly-Fuisse Vallon d'Or 2005
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                      • Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                        Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2005
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                      • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                        Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
                        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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