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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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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Paul Dolan Vineyards Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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        Aubert Reuling Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
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        DuMOL Isobel Chardonnay 2008
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
        Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2008
        Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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        MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2008
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        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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          Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
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        • Vincent Bouquet Chardonnay Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008 Front Label
          Vincent Bouquet Chardonnay Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008
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            • Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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              • Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Chardonnay 2008
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              • Kistler Vineyards Les Noisetiers Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
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                • Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                  Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2008
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                • Varner Bee Block Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                  Varner Bee Block Chardonnay 2008
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                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
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                  Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2008
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