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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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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Rhys Vineyards Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
      Rhys Vineyards Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
      Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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      • Kistler Vineyards Trenton Roadhouse Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
        Kistler Vineyards Trenton Roadhouse Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
        Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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      • Aubert Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Aubert Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
          Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2011
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Arizona Stronghold Dala Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
            Arizona Stronghold Dala Chardonnay 2011
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            • Chanson Pere & Fils Vire Clesse 2011 Front Label
              Chanson Pere & Fils Vire Clesse 2011
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
                Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 2011 Front Bottle Shot
                Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 2011
                Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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              • Hill Smith Estate Eden Valley Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Hill Smith Estate Eden Valley Chardonnay 2011
                Chardonnay from Eden Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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              • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St-Aubin La Chateniere 2011 Front Label
                Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey St-Aubin La Chateniere 2011
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Cathleen Chardonnay 2011
                Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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              • Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
                Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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              • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
                Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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              • Castle Rock Central Coast Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Castle Rock Central Coast Chardonnay 2011
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              • Indaba Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                Indaba Chardonnay 2011
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                • Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
                  Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2011
                  Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                  • Qupe Bien Nacido Y Block Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                    Qupe Bien Nacido Y Block Chardonnay 2011
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                    • Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                      Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay 2011
                      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Louis Latour Marsannay Blanc 2011 Front Label
                      Louis Latour Marsannay Blanc 2011
                      Chardonnay from Marsannay, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Banrock Station Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                      Banrock Station Chardonnay 2011
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                      • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                        Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2011
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                        • Au Bon Climat Nuits Blanches Au Bouge Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                          Au Bon Climat Nuits Blanches Au Bouge Chardonnay 2011
                          Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                        • Roots Run Deep Educated Guess Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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