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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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    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2018
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    Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
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  • Raeburn Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Raeburn Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2018
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    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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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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  • J Vineyards Russian River Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    J Vineyards Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet Sous le Puits Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet Sous le Puits Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Charles Woodson Intercept Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Charles Woodson’s Intercept Intercept Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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    Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Chardonnay 2014
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    Benovia Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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