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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  • France

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  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Burgundy

      Burgundy is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions. It is locate...

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    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Sonoma County

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      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

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  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

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    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

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      Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, ...

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    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

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    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Welcome to the Forum WW.  Of the wineries that you listed as tentative ... like "Butter Bomb" Chardonnay's (like I have been told are offered by Rombauer), you probably won't care for the Keenan Chardonnay.  Keenan's shows a bit of fruit and very noticeable (and, to me, agreeable) acid.  I'm not sure, but I would not be surprised if Keenan Cha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • Hello all! This forum and website has been very helpful to me since I found it last year, I'm glad to finally join. I will be taking my first trip to Napa in June for my birthday with a couple of friends! I will be looking for unique and/or big, oaky red and white wines on a budget.We will be staying at the Old World Inn, and tentatively have vi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • Chloe Wines Sonoma County Chardonnay 2012

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    Fairly simple and a bit over oaked. Not much else going on here but the oak, not much fruit or acidity and a touch of smoke on the nose. There's hints of lemon and green apple but it's overwhelmed by the wood. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cuvee de Bord Bourgogne Blanc 2009

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    Unfortunately this chardonnay was a bit past its prime. Kind of flat and flabby with some burnt butterscotch and little to no acidity or fresh fruit left. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • La Crema Chardonnay Monterey 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by watkinsanna


  • CONCHA Y TORO CASILLERO DEL DIABLO CHARDONNAY CASABLANCA VALLEY CHILE 2008 2008

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    This Chardonnay was tasted at six years old and was amazingly young tasting. It's fruit is doing well and has a lemon, toast and honey character. Nice wine for the money. My rating-- 88. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Bouchard Aine et Fils Macon-Villages Chardonnay 2011

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    Decent enough Macon Villages chardonnay, just nothing special. Nice bite of lemon cream, medium acidity and a fairly short finish. Expected a bit more acidity but this was somewhat flat and non-descriptive. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • OK, here's the scoop.In 2001 Domaine Carneros bought the property from the ... acre parcel is planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes are used in Domaine Carneros Sparkling Wine. The Domaine is about 4 miles East of the vineyard along the same Hwy 121. No vineyard  designate sparkling other than "Estate", which this is not, so you wil... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Bliss is Dead (Honouring...


  • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Vespertius


  • Maybe some of you where living under a rock and didn't know that Microsoft cease to offer technical support for Windows XP this week. This decision has been regarded as the end of this famous and widely used OS.Although, i am here not to tell the history of the rise and fall of XP, but to talk about its "face" This image is named Bliss and was t... 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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