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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 2019  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
    • WW92
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  • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
        Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
        • WW92
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      • Meiomi Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Meiomi Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from California
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        • Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2019  Front Label
            Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2019
            Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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            • Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
              Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2019
              Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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              • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                DeLoach Heritage Reserve Chardonnay 2019
                Chardonnay from California
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                • Domaine du Colombier Chablis  2019  Front Label
                  Domaine du Colombier Chablis 2019
                  Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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                  • Leese-Fitch Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                    Leese-Fitch Chardonnay 2019
                    Chardonnay from California
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                    • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                      J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019
                      Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                    • Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                      Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019
                      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                    • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                      Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2019
                      Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                      • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                        Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019
                        Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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                      • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                        Shannon Ridge High Elevation Chardonnay 2019
                        Chardonnay from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                        • Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                          Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2019
                          Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                        • Cakebread Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                          Cakebread Chardonnay 2019
                          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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                          • Stoller Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                            Stoller Chardonnay 2019
                            Chardonnay from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                          • Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2019  Front Label
                            Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon-Uchizy Les Maranches 2019
                            Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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                            • Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                              Cupcake Vineyards Chardonnay 2019
                              Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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