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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  • Banfi Le Rime Toscana 2016

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    Citrus, melon and lemongrass with a slight viscosity and decent acidity make this a fun wine to drink. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tuesday we went to our first Hollywood Bowl event of the summer.Wines:Totally a ... two.  Peggy liked the Chardonnay much better than I did, but she agreed that it was the second best. Let the picnic begin:Poke Nachos.  I took pics of the assembly process, but was too lazy to load them up and post the.   Shrimp, Vietnamese-style slaw, very Amer... Read More

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  • Joseph Drouhin Chablis 2015

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    Pleasant green apple and lemon balm aromas with a green minerality amidst fresh fruit. Warmly and richly fruited, creamy notes of lemon, green apple and grapefruit with a soft finish of slate minerality, fine refreshing acidity and warm spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • There are lots of wine brands out there, but only some can be called iconic. ... Maria Taylor’s Pass Chardonnay 2015 This wine is part of Villa Maria’s Single Vineyard tier. These wines put terroir front and center. Minimal intervention is a key to their success, and distinct vineyard characteristics shine in every glass. Wine writer Michael C... Read More

    From the article What it means to be a wine icon.


  • Livon Della Venezia Giulia IGT Braide Alte 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Friday night we were at Adelaide Oval for the Adelaide Crows against least ... ... of their wines, Riesling, CHardonnay, Pinot Noir and SHiraz all from the Adelaide Hills.  They are a very small supplier and do not export their wines - only 3,000 cases per annum and most sold at the winery or or mail order etcI was very impressed with all the ... Read More

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  • Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

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    Light fruit and a bit tart. Simple and seamless. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Villa Maria Marlborough Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    For a wine lover, there is nothing like lining up a group of wines from one ... ... Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay Bright golden in color with an exotic, smokey nose. Subtle lemon and Asian Pear flavors with an elegant minerality on the finish. Complex and balanced flavors. Try with grilled seafood or chicken, Chicken Alfredo Pasta, ham, a... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Qupe Chardonnay Y Block Santa Barbara County 2014

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    Old world in style, shy on the nose, nice acidity with a tannin free finish. Reminds me of Macon Villages and at the same price point. On the second day this wine developed a more fruit forward nose and a tropical palate as well as a little butter. Nice wine, I recommend it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • RC - The Cono Sur Chardonnay was decent.  That was Sandra's glass, so I only had a taste from her flight.  I do recommend it, assuming the price is under $30 per bottle.EM - A 2010 Reserva from Ribera Del Duero?  That is one I would expect to be quite good.  I guess the tanic nature comes from the Cabernet Sauvignon blended in there with the Tem... Read More

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  • Love it

    Comment by 489356Nelli Rihacek 489356 Nelli Rihacek


  • I have a 1991 Chardonnay with a serial number of 06098 is it worth anything

    Comment by 563304bearfan54 563304 bearfan54


  • I have been given a bottle of Domaine de Racape from the Loire but can't find out anything about it - has anybody got any info please.

    Comment by 215341Grape Friend 215341 Grape Friend


  • The Sonoma-Cutrer is a big hit here. Any suggestions for another wine that would be simular?

    Comment by 96527Bethanneq 96527 Bethanneq


  • What are some of your favorite buttery chardonnay?

    Comment by 468051amyfilipek 468051 amyfilipek


  • Any suggestions for a good Chardonnay in 1.5L for around $15.00?

    Comment by 535836fonesj1983 535836 fonesj1983


  • Villa Maria has a really unoaked Chardonnay. Has a butterscotch vanilla finish. I'd love to know if anyone has tried other Villa Maria Chardonnays. I'd hate to buy a wine that didn't meet expectations. I've done enough of that already.

    Comment by 527015Durnrag 527015 Durnrag


  • I like un-oaked Chard and find Toad Hollow to be one of the best for the $$$. 2008 is very good and now sports a screw cap.

    Comment by 519269Fairfield 519269 Fairfield


  • One of the consistently great Califonia Chardonnays over the last almost three decades has been Navarro's Premier Reserve. This wine can still be had for about 20 dollars and since it's inception has been Burgundian in style with Navarro's "deep-end" touch. I would put this wine up against any price bottle but at $20 it blows away anything els...

    Comment by 508589GROC 508589 GROC


  • something with almonds and lemon

    Comment by 492441Smill05 492441 Smill05


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