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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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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Daniel & Julien Barraud Macon-Vergisson La Roche 2013
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    Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay 2013
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  • Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
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    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Chardonnay Arthur 2013
    Chardonnay from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay 2013
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    William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots Grand Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Thomas Fogarty Langley Hill Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    Thomas Fogarty Langley Hill Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2013 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 2013
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
    Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Sojourn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Blanc 2013
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Vie di Romans Chardonnay 2013
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    De Morgenzon DMZ Chardonnay 2013
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    Catena Alta Chardonnay 2013
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole Premier Cru 2013
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Schug Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
    Schug Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2013
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    Sandhi Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2013
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    Kunde Chardonnay 2013
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    William Fevre Chablis Vaillons Premier Cru (375ML half-bottle) 2013
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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