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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • 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...

  • Australia

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

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Côte de Beaune

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

  • Chassagne-montrachet

      Chassagne-Montrachet is a village in Borgundy’s Cote de Beaune, which is the southern sect...

  • USA

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

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    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend California 2012

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    Took a shot in the dark with this one and was pleasantly surprised. Nice forward fruit, full body and a big finish. If you're staring at wine in the grocery this one's hard to beat for $10. Read More

    Wine review by Drec


  • Rock Wall Wine Co. Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    The quality is there but this is just not my style of chardonnay. Loads of stone fruit and oak with plenty of honey and butterscotch. A little thick on the tongue with medium acidity and a fairly long finish. If you're looking for a big Cali chard this may fit the bill. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Continuing the French leitmotiv this weekend. This is a darned good wine. ... U.S. makers refuse to make Chardonnay wine that tastes more like this--light and refreshing--than the butter bombs that they seem to continually crank out.  OK, I know why, because people keep buying that stuff.  Sorry, but my photography really doesn't show what thi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Rully "Les Cailloux" 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Very clear pale yellow color.Quite "fresh," "citrusy" nose. Very delightful on ... it comes to wines made from Chardonnay grapes. US$33.99 at the Wine Club in Santa A Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Jacob's Creek Semillon Chardonnay 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Wrath Chardonnay Monterey Ex Anima 2010

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    Label says little to no oak ageing, well there must have been some significant malo because this is a fairly big buttery oak bomb. Fairly one dimensional with little fruit and a touch of acidity and all that fat butter and oak. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cave de Lugny Macon-Lugny les Charmes 2010

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    Decent but not great macon lugny chardonnay. Hints of lemon cream and little minerality, medium acidity and short to medium finish. Not bad for the price but nothing special either. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Recanati Chardonnay Kosher 2011

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    not the best at room temp, but; much better chilled exhibiting a more flavorful wine. kosher wines tend to be too sweet. this quvee when chilled takes on a nice pleasant not too sweet flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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


  • 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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