Chardonnay

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Cross between Pinot & Gouais Blanc
Aliases: Aubaine, Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc...
Grape Color: White
Regions: Though the origins of Chardonnay lie in France’s Burgundy region, the grape is grown worldwide.
Type(s) of the Wine the Grape Produces: Chablis, White Burgundy, Champagne

British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, Chardonnay took its varietal qualities to the next level and ‘virtually became a brand.’

Delicate. Malleable. Neutral. Reflecting on its terroir and its winemakers’ preferences, Chardonnay gained fame from its widespread success in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. If a painter stares at his blank white canvas with a thousand possibilities of expressing himself to society, winemakers do no differently with Chardonnay. This varietal holds the rare quality of having its flavors mold to the many differences in Read more »

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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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  • 2012 Parallus Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection, also available on Lot 18. A big, buttery, oaky Chardonnay, but only just so. Opens with a blast, but then becomes more subtle with caramel, toffee, chestnut/hazelnut, ripe peach and apricot and very nice acidity that cuts away and balances the toffee/oak. Big and silky in the mouth, with long finish of vanill... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern ... ... ... Blanc and a Migration Chardonnay.  There were two Pinot Noirs, one a Decoy and the other a Migration, a Decoy Merlot and finally a Decoy Red Wine.   We bought four of the Duckhorn wines, along with three other special ones, a cheap Bordeaux, a mid-price Itali... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Domaine du Monte Saint Jean Vin de Pays de l'Île de Beauté 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... varitel wines like chardonnay and pinot noir in the 1980's. I started my bottle of wine last night with my steak and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a raspberry and cherry style fruit and the tannins give it a very structured feel.Although the climate is obviously warmer this could easily be ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Tokaj, Maule, Yarra and Georgia. They may not sound like much now, but a ... Hungary's alternative to chardonnay and riesling.” Virginia also made the Bloomberg list. McCoy noted the eastern state's “best wines so far are the Bordeaux-style red blends made from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and petit verdot.” Southern Australia's... Read More

    From the article Bloomberg Predicts The Next Eight Great Wine Regions


  • V V - Sorry to hear about that 2012 Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay; it's too bad you can't just notify a vineyard via the Internet and get a free replacement bottle for one that is not up to expectations.  Tonight after watching the grandkids for a few hours, we arrived home ready to relax with a new Malbec I picked up earlier today at the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard 2012

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    Something of a floral noseorange blossom. Light on the tonguesome citrus ... ... ... Not a big California Chardonnay (thankfully), but not as taut as many white Burgundie Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I definitely cannot post this one under v v's "completely ... the 2011 Alder Springs Chardonnay last year and loved it.  So, when the offer came last fall, the 2012 was a no brainer.  Interestingly enough Mrs. EMark and I have enjoyed the Halcon white Rhone blend also sourced from Alder Springs, and, so, that is another one that I order every y... Read More

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  • Sitting in the kitchen looking at the 5" of snow that fell last night and ... poured us her 2013 Hahn SLH chardonnay (she works for the winery) which showed some really nice ripe fruit, pear and dried apricot mostly, medium acidity and a decent finish. We brought down a bottle of '12 Liquid Farm Golden Slope chard that unfortunately tasted a b... Read More

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  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... ... they can't make good Chardonnay - they have the same chalk cliffs that make up the soil you find in Champagne, minus the garbage dump. (If you like that of course.) But for centuries, England imported wine. Why? Because they were smart enough to realize that they c... Read More

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  • Some interesting places listed here that seem worthy of exploring...Next "Biggest" Wine Regions Read More

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  • I've had two bottles explode (glass tops) when opening with a proper corkscrew. Glass everywhere and cuts. What's the story here?

    Comment by 1482603Snoother 1482603 1482603 Snoother 1482603


  • What accompaniments do you have with it?

    Comment by 1297081Fazie 1297081 Fazie


  • Hi, We recently tried your idol Chardonnay whilst holidaying in Lara Beach and we fell in love with this tasty yet delicate wine.. could you please tell me if this is sold in the UK? Kind Regards Ony

    Comment by 1141710onyNony 1141710 onyNony


  • Talbott. The Kali Hart is the best value for the dollar today and light in oak. The Sleepy Hollow vineyard is burgundian to me... also a great value

    Comment by 727845ottrad1 727845 ottrad1


  • what is the calorie content of 8 oz. of the chard. boxed ?

    Comment by 861559wildflower 2 861559 wildflower 2


  • I'm visiting the Carneros region. Would appreciate any suggestions for wineries with nice oak chards. Thanks.

    Comment by 241717Morrilyn Robertson 241717 Morrilyn Robertson


  • Hello All!!! its Beamer! I have just tried a new vintage called Fog Head. from California, Very very tasty!!!! wicked fruit blend, that goes great with chicken! (what i just ate for din din) latley trying new chardonnay's have been pissing me off, in the sense that jackson triggs, gave me an allergic reaction to my eyes!!!!! but this one i...

    Comment by 782313beamer 782313 beamer


  • What does VC mean as the tag for Sterling Chardonnay?

    Comment by 784621novicegb 784621 novicegb


  • I love Chard with oak and even heavy oak. Any suggestions?

    Comment by 745981barbjarvis 745981 barbjarvis


  • I was told by the salesperson that the Dona Sole Chardonnay has oak. There is no indication on the bottle stating the contents.

    Comment by 745981barbjarvis 745981 barbjarvis


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