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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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  • Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
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    • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2006
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Excelsior Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Excelsior Chardonnay 2006
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      • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
        Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Veramonte Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
        Veramonte Chardonnay 2006
        Chardonnay from Chile
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        • Tin Roof Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
          Tin Roof Chardonnay 2006
          Chardonnay from California
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          • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
            Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2006
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Cono Sur Sustainable Agriculture Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
            Cono Sur Sustainable Agriculture Chardonnay 2006
            Chardonnay from Chile
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            • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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            • Robert Mondavi Solaire Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Robert Mondavi Solaire Chardonnay 2006
              Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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              • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2006
                Chardonnay from Chile
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              • Hartford Court Stone Cote Chardonnay (torn label) 2006 Front Label
                Hartford Court Stone Cote Chardonnay (torn label) 2006
                Chardonnay from 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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              • Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2006 Front Label
                Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2006
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                • B.R. Cohn Carneros Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                  B.R. Cohn Carneros Chardonnay 2006
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                  • Carmel Road Monterey Unoaked Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                    Carmel Road Monterey Unoaked Chardonnay 2006
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                    • Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2006
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                      • Torres Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                        Torres Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay 2006
                        Chardonnay from Spain
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                      • Jordan Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                        Jordan Chardonnay 2006
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                        • Hanzell Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                          Hanzell Chardonnay 2006
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                        • Smoking Loon Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                          Smoking Loon Chardonnay 2006
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                          • Brocard Petite Chablis 2006 Front Label
                            Brocard Petite Chablis 2006
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                              Ruffino Libaio 2006
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