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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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    Catena Zapata Adrianna White Stones Chardonnay 2015
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    Adelsheim Staking Claim Chardonnay 2015
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    Brick & Mortar Sweetwater Springs Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Premier Cru Monopole 2015
    Chardonnay from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
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    Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Chablis 2015
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    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Limari Valley, Chile
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    Domaine Laroche Chablis Les Fourchaumes Premier Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Dureuil-Janthial Rully Maizieres Blanc 2015
    Chardonnay from Rully, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Marcel Couturier Macon-Loche Les Longues Terres 2015 Front Label
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  • Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
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  • Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay 2015
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    Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay 2015
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    Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Les Menetrieres Cuvee Hors Classe 2015
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    Presqu'ile Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2015
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    La Chablisienne Chablis Premier Cru Cote de Lechet 2015
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Maison Matisco Saint-Veran 2015
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