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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 2017  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2017
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  • Brocard Chablis Vau de Vey Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
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  • Olivier Leflaive Meursault 2017  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet 2017 Front Label
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  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Riverstone Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Riverstone Chardonnay 2017
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  • Matchbook The Arsonist Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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    Wayfarer Chardonnay 2017
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  • DAOU Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Willow Creek District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • J Wilkes Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    J Wilkes Chardonnay 2017
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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  • Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay 2017
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  • Bogle Phantom Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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    Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Bouthieres 2017
    Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Foxen Block UU Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2017
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    The Calling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
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