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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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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Rombauer Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Raeburn Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Raeburn Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • TP94
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from California
      • WE92
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    • Cakebread Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Cakebread Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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      • Far Niente Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Far Niente Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
        • TP95
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        • WW92
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      • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019  Front Label
        Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019
        Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
        • JS97
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      • Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WE95
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        • WW92
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      • Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Tete de Cuvee 2018 Front Label
        Chateau Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Tete de Cuvee 2018
        Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
        • D97
        • BH92
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      • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
        • WW89
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      • DuMOL Wester Reach Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        DuMOL Wester Reach Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
        • WE98
        • WS94
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      • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
        • V92
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      • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
        • TP94
        • W&S92
        • WW90
        • JD90
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      • Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019  Front Label
        Domaine Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2019
        Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
        • WW92
        • WS90
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      • Bogle Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Bogle Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from California
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        • Lloyd Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Lloyd Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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          • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • TP92
            • WS90
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          • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • WE93
            • WS92
            • RP90
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          • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
            • WE90
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          • Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • TP93
            • W&S92
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          • Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • CG95
            • TP93
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            • RP91
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          • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
            • JD96
            • RP92
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            • WE92
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          • Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019 Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages 2019
            Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
            • WW92
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          • Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
            • JD96
            • WW93
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