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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  • California Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2006


    Surprisingly nice for the price and the fact that it was a featured product at ... fat, creamy tropical fruit chardonnays with a fair amount of oak. It's not super complex, but very nice and drinkabl Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Admiral's Arch 2009


    Very pale lemon in the glass. Clean and youthful on the nose, with citrus (lime) and a bit of apple. Bracing acidity, but unfortunately not balanced out with enough flavour. Citrus and green fruit again on the palate, with some minerality. Decent finish. Acceptable to good. Overpriced by a couple of quid. Read More

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  • Terra Savia Chardonnay Mendocino County Reserve 2010


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    Wine review by TerraSavia

  • Terra Savia Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine 2007


    From K & L Wine Merchants: "This is Terra Savia's first sparkling wine, a blanc ... by Jim Milone from organic Chardonnay grapes grown at Sanel Valley Vineyards in Mendocino.Made in the tradtional methode champenoise and was disgorged in September 2009. Crisp with hints of brioche and citrus, this blanc de blancs has a slightly leesy texture wi... Read More

    Wine review by TerraSavia

  • Simonsig Chardonnay 2007


    Bright straw colour. The ripe yellow apple fruit with hints of lime and lemon ... ... and allows the delicious Chardonnay flavours to reign supreme. A creamy silkiness coats the palate and the flavours of roasted macadamia nuts and buttered toast lingers persistently on the aftertaste. The full bodied weight is nicely balanced by the acidity,... Read More

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  • Douglas Green Chardonnay/Colombard 2009


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  • Many of you are familiar with Dan Petroski, Snooth regular and assistant ... ... the nose seemed to promise a Chardonnay heavy palate. While this was a bit loose on entry it offers a lovely sense of transparency and almost a hint of sweetness on the tongue. The mid-palate gains fine balance and cut with notes of succulent pear balanced by an a... Read More

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  • Mirassou Vineyards Chardonnay Monterey County 2011


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  • Wijnkasteel Genoels-Elderen Chardonnay Blauw Haspengouw 2005


    Realy a great wine. La Revue de Vins de France: "one of the best Chardonnay outside of France". Try it if you can. Read More

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