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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 2018  Front Label
    Far Niente Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, 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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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault Les Clous 2017
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    The Calling Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2017
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    David Arthur Chardonnay 2014
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  • David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    David Bruce Russian River Chardonnay 2016
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  • Morgan Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Morgan Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Ross Station Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Ross Station Estate Chardonnay 2018
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  • William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018  Front Label
    William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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    Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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