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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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  • Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Concha y Toro Xplorador Chardonnay 2003
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  • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Chile
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  • Raymond Monterey Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Joseph Drouhin Meursault 2003
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Cape Mentelle Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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  • Joseph Drouhin Vero Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Vero Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Chile
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  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
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  • Robert Young Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Robert Young Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2003 Front Label
    Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2003
    Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Acacia Carneros Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Talbott Cuvee Cynthia Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Talbott Cuvee Cynthia Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Charles Krug Family Reserve Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Charles Krug Family Reserve Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2003 Front Label
    Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2003
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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