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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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  • J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2015 Front Label
    J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2015
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Alpha Omega Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Varner El Camino Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Varner El Camino Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Two Vines Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Two Vines Chardonnay 2015
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    • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
      Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
      David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay 2015
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
      Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015
      Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Maison Noir Knock on Wood Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
      Maison Noir Knock on Wood Chardonnay 2015
      Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
        Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015
        Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Domaine Michel Niellon Bourgogne Blanc 2015  Front Label
        Domaine Michel Niellon Bourgogne Blanc 2015
        Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Dom. Pierre Labet Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2015 Front Label
          Dom. Pierre Labet Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes 2015
          Chardonnay from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Carte Blanche Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
            Carte Blanche Chardonnay 2015
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Vine Cliff Proprietress Reserve Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
            Vine Cliff Proprietress Reserve Chardonnay 2015
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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            • Brick & Mortar Cougar Rock Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
              Brick & Mortar Cougar Rock Chardonnay 2015
              Chardonnay from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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            • Three Wine Company Stanley Ranch Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
              Three Wine Company Stanley Ranch Chardonnay 2015
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              • Robert Oatley Signature Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                Robert Oatley Signature Chardonnay 2015
                Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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              • Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                Beaulieu Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay 2015
                Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                • Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
                  Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015
                  Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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                • Vina Robles Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                  Vina Robles Chardonnay 2015
                  Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                  • Wild Horse Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                    Wild Horse Chardonnay 2015
                    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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                    • Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                      Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2015
                      Chardonnay from California
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                      • Cambiata Winery Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                        Cambiata Winery Chardonnay 2015
                        Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                        • Alcance Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
                          Alcance Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2015
                          Chardonnay from Chile
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                        • Solena Estate Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
                          Solena Estate Chardonnay 2015
                          Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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