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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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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Brocard Bougros Chablis 2006 Front Label
    Brocard Bougros Chablis 2006
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Excelsior Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Excelsior Chardonnay 2006
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      • Brocard Petite Chablis 2006 Front Label
        Brocard Petite Chablis 2006
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
          Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2006
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        • Sebastiani Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
          Sebastiani Chardonnay 2006
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Caves de Chablis Chablis 2006 Front Label
          Caves de Chablis Chablis 2006
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Vendange Chardonnay 2006
            Chardonnay from California
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            • Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Kistler Vineyards Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Joseph Phelps Ovation Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Joseph Phelps Ovation Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Kistler Vineyards McCrea Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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              • Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2006
                Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Veramonte Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                  Veramonte Chardonnay 2006
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                  • Simi Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                    Simi Chardonnay 2006
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                  • Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                    Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2006
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                  • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2006 Front Label
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                    • Francine et Olivier Savary Chablis 2006 Front Label
                      Francine et Olivier Savary Chablis 2006
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                    • Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 2006
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                    • Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2006
                      Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                    • Badge Rancho Santa Rosa Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Badge Rancho Santa Rosa Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2006
                      Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                      • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                        Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay 2006
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                        • Cakebread Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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