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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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  • Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Trefethen Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • The Prisoner Wine Company The Snitch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    The Prisoner Wine Company The Snitch Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Landmark Overlook Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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  • Schug Carneros Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Vanderpump Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Schug Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018  Front Label
    J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie Antoinette 2018
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau de Santenay Chassagne-Montrachet 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Santenay Chassagne-Montrachet 2018
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Rhone, France
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  • Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Williams Selyem Unoaked Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Santenay Mercurey Blanc 2018
    Chardonnay from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
    • WW91
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  • Goldschmidt Vineyard Singing Tree Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Goldschmidt Vineyard Singing Tree Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WW91
    • TP91
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