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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  • Côte de Beaune

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    The House was founded in 1750 in the reign of Louis XV by Simon Verry. The Cellars are located in...

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      Maison Louis Jadot is a winery that’s proud of its heritage and land. Founded in 1859 by L...

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    Created in 1955 by Daniel Rion, this family-owned estate began with only two hectares (5 acres) o...

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    The House of Laboure-Roi dates back to 1832, when it was founded in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georg...

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    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Repeat Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

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    Great QPR on this Chard, Sauv Blanc, Semillon blend from Australia. The chardonnay shines thru with a hint of the tart sauv blanc and a bit of roundness added by the semilon. Nice mouth feel, medium acidity and a medium finish. Tasty and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hans Lang Edition Maximilian Rheingau Riesling Spatlese 2009

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    Awful - agree with the previous review that this tastes very oxidized. Very ... ... more like a very bad Chardonnay or Pinot gris. Will ruin a dinner party - do not serve to guests Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • "Just like that, he's gone" So are all the guests and most ... a 2010 Rivers-Marie Thieriot Chardonnay along with a 2012 Wilde Farm Donnelley Creek Pinot Noir. Fun couple, good food, interesting conversation, great wine... But it was only just beginning. Saturday was nuts from sunup to well beyond sundown. I was balls to the wall all day setti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Brengman Brothers Runaway Hen White Table Wine 2010

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    Decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Robert Keenan Winery Chardonnay Spring Mountain 2012

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    More oak in the nose than Im used to from this winery. On the palate, though, fruit is more apparent than buttery oak. Nice tartness that suggests lemon or grapefruit, peach, or, even, pineapple. I very refreshing wine whose flavor profile returns to right what I would expect from Keenan. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Carippee.  We are pleased to have some more ... ... I'm pretty sure a Chardonnay is in my future, tonight), and usually consider that wineries in the gold country/Sierra foothills tend to concentrate on red wines--mostly, to my observation, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and, yes, Italian varieties.  My guess is the "It... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hello,I have enjoyed wine for many years casually, but I now want to take it up a notch with and improve my palette and knowledge of wine. I enjoy wine tasting in the Sacramento region of California and prefer red wines, but whites are good too in the summer. Unfortunately I don't have very many friends who share my enthusiasm with wine, but I h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Dude, nice lineup Thursday. I missed that one.Tonight we dined with Mr and Mrs ... 2010 Rivers Marie B.Theiriot Chardonnay and a 2012 Wilde Farm Donnelley Creek Pinot Noir not to mention great company and wonderful food. Great precursor to what should be a fun evening tomorrow! Sorry, no pics as I left the phone at hom Read More

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  • Cakebread Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012

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    Wine review by polesm


  • EM - Boy, it's been perhaps 30 years since we've been to the Hollywood ... know if we have any of that Chardonnay, as we focus on the reds from Barnett. Today I stopped by Total Wine for a free wine tasting and naturally I picked up a few bottles to make it worthwhile.  They were tasting French wines, mostly red Bourgeois types that I did not ... 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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