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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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  • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • J Vineyards Russian River Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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  • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
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  • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
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  • Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mer Soleil Santa Lucia Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Chardonnay 2018
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Elyse Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
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  • Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2016
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  • Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017 Front Label
    Samuel Billaud Chablis 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Sonoma-Cutrer The Cutrer Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Maison Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Edme 2016 Front Label
    Maison Champy Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Edme 2016
    Chardonnay from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
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  • Smoke Tree Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Smoke Tree Chardonnay 2016
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  • Simple Life Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Simple Life Chardonnay 2016
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  • Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2014  Front Label
    Voyager Estate Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018 Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Remoissenet Puligny-Montrachet 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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