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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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    Benjamin Leroux Meursault 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    Stonestreet Upper Barn Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Copain Tous Ensemble Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Copain Tous Ensemble Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
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    • Marc Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Marc Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2017
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    • Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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      Trim Chardonnay 2017
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      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Blanc 2017
      Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
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      Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
      Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      Cuvee Sauvage Russian River Chardonnay 2017
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      Hartford Court Far Coast Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
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      Neyers Carneros Chardonnay 2017
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      Au Contraire Russian River Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      Domaine des Malandes Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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