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Chardonnay

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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 Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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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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  • Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Louis Latour Meursault Blagny Chateau de Blagny Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017  Front Label
      Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017
      Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine des Malandes Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
      Domaine des Malandes Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse 2017 Front Label
      Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse 2017
      Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
      Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017
      Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    • Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
      Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    • Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Hubert Lamy St-Aubin Clos de la Chateniere Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
      Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
      Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 2017
      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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      • Louis Latour Macon-Lugny Les Genievres 2017  Front Label
        Louis Latour Macon-Lugny Les Genievres 2017
        Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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        • Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017  Front Label
          Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
          Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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        • Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
          Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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        • Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2017  Front Label
          Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2017
          Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Vie di Romans Ciampagnis Vieris Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
          Vie di Romans Ciampagnis Vieris Chardonnay 2017
          Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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          • Domaine des Malandes Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017  Front Label
            Domaine des Malandes Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru 2017
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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          • Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Poseidon Vineyard Estate Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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