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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  • Domaine Begude l'Etoile 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine for £14 from the website ... L'Etoile ... L'Etoile cuvee made from the chardonnay grape is their flagship wine. I started a bottle last night with my fish and chip supper.It is a dry wine but not bone-dry and there is plenty of a melon and peach style fruit with citrus overtones but also a suggestion of vani... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Canvas Chardonnay 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lilshipofdreams


  • Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2014

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    Peach, vanilla, lemon and mineral nose. This has a perfumed floral character in the mouth but the fruit is somewhat muted, resulting in a more austere, mineral driven palate that still comes with a fair bit of smoky vanilla oak toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis 2015

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    This generic Chablis from William Fevre is very fine indeed, with the focus and execution of a Premier Cru; the nose is of green apple and white pepper, and entry is smooth - though with a note of white pepper already mentioned. Clean as a whistle, this wine is highly recommended to those who love Chablis or wish to explore the AOC. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I panicked!No, we just felt like some red. I misjudged the style a ... of ... of grapes up there, and his chardonnay and pinot noir have been made into wines by all kinds of glitzy names.  But some of them have decided it's too remote.  So they have made some wines themselves. This was under the Alder Springs label.  I don't think it's been co... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Charles Smith Wines Eve Chardonnay Washington 2014

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    Apple and melon aromas on the nose. Simple pear and apple flavors on the palate with a fresh fruit mouthfeel and good acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bellflower Maule Valley Chile Chardonnay 2016

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    an un-oaked Chardonnay may appeal to a vegan: but my refined palate needs this wine to spend time in the oak. I struggled through the bottle with this wine that seemed to be bland. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • P.S.  The Seattle Urban Wineries are all open on the 2nd Saturday of each ... ... from Walla Walla and his Chardonnay project named Sixto.Cheer Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hello There ; I live in Bellevue Wa. and frequent Woodinville wine area. ... ... staff .We love buttery Chardonnays , and BIG BOLD  Zins ,Syrahs , and Barolo/Barberas.Our favorites of late Armstrong Family Winery , Columbia [ they have food ] , Airfield , Chandler Reach .Any suggestions ?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • La Soufrandise Macon Fuisse le Ronte 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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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