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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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    Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
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  • Walt Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Walt Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Meursault 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Meursault 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Lafond SRH Series Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Lafond SRH Series Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • McGuigan Wines The Plan Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    McGuigan Wines The Plan Chardonnay 2017
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  • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Maddalena Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Maddalena Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Mi Sueno Winery Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mi Sueno Winery Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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