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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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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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  • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2018
    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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  • Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Louis Jadot Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Les Cretes Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Les Cretes Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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  • Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dom. Etienne Sauzet Bourgogne Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Dom. Etienne Sauzet Bourgogne Blanc 2017
    Chardonnay from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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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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  • Keenan Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Keenan Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
    Domaine Vincent Dampt Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay 2017
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  • Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 2016
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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    Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Bouthieres 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Matthiasson Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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    Vinaceous Reverend V Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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