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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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  • 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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  • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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  • 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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  • 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
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    • Goats do Roam Goat Door 2006 Front Label
      Goats do Roam Goat Door 2006
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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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      • Carmel Road Monterey Unoaked Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
        Carmel Road Monterey Unoaked Chardonnay 2006
        Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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        • Vina Sol Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
          Vina Sol Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay 2006
          Chardonnay from Spain
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        • Brocard Petite Chablis 2006 Front Label
          Brocard Petite Chablis 2006
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          • Smoking Loon Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
            Smoking Loon Chardonnay 2006
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            • Los Vascos Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Los Vascos Chardonnay 2006
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              • Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                Kistler Vineyards Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
                Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              • Hanzell Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                Hanzell Chardonnay 2006
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              • Spellbound Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                Spellbound Chardonnay 2006
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                • Famiglia Bianchi Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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                  • Bouchard Aine & Fils Savigny Les Beaune Blanc Dessus Les Vermots 2006 Front Label
                    Bouchard Aine & Fils Savigny Les Beaune Blanc Dessus Les Vermots 2006
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                    • Sebastiani Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Sebastiani Chardonnay 2006
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                    • Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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                      • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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                      • MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                        MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
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