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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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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Matthiasson Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Matthiasson Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    A to Z Chardonnay 2017
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  • Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Failla Haynes Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Domaine Matrot Meursault Les Chevalieres 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Matrot Meursault Les Chevalieres 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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  • Foppiano Estate Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Foppiano Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
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  • Liquid Farm La Hermana Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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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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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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