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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 2008 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
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    Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet 2008 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet 2008
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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    • Lewis Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
      Lewis Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2008
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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    • Joseph Carr Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
      Joseph Carr Reserve Chardonnay 2008
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    • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
      Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2008
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2008
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        Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
        Chardonnay from New Zealand
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        Forman Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        Byron Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2008
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        • Carmel Road Monterey Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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        • J. Lohr Arroyo Vista Vineyard Series Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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          • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
            Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2008
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          • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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