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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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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Far Niente Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2018
    Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    • Carmenet Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Carmenet Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from California
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      • PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Cakebread Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Cakebread Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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        • Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
          Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
          Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaudevey Premier Cru  2018  Front Label
            Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Vaudevey Premier Cru 2018
            Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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            • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse 2018  Front Label
              Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse 2018
              Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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              • 19 Crimes Hard Chard 2018 Front Label
                19 Crimes Hard Chard 2018
                Chardonnay from Australia
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                • Raeburn Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                  Raeburn Chardonnay 2018
                  Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
                  Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
                  Chardonnay from Carneros, California
                  • WW90
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                • Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                  Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
                  Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                • Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                  Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2018
                  Chardonnay from California
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                  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
                    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                    Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2018
                    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                    • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2018 Front Label
                      Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2018
                      Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                      • La Playa Estate Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
                        La Playa Estate Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2018
                        Chardonnay from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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                      • Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                        Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2018
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                      • Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuisse 2018  Front Label
                        Chateau Vitallis Pouilly-Fuisse 2018
                        Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                        • Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                          Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2018
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                          • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                            La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
                            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                          • Albert Bichot Macon-Villages 2018  Front Label
                            Albert Bichot Macon-Villages 2018
                            Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                            • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                              Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
                              Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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