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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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  • Far Niente Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Stag's Leap Wine Cellars KARIA Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2019  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Rochioli Estate Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    • WE90
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  • Chloe Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Chloe Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
    • WE90
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  • Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Brocard Vau de Vey Chablis Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2019
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Decoy Limited Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Decoy Limited Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Chalone Estate Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    • WS90
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  • The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Groth Hillview Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Groth Hillview Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2019  Front Label
    Philippe Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 2019
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Valravn Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Valravn Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Diora La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Diora La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Xavier Monnot Meursault Les Charmes Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Xavier Monnot Meursault Les Charmes Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Le Clos Blanc Premier Cru 2019  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaune Greves Le Clos Blanc Premier Cru 2019
    Chardonnay from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
    • WE90
    3.6 58 Ratings
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