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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  • Coldstream Hills Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2015

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    some herbs on nose; sweet, yet with hints of herbs and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Jean Marc Brocard Chablis 2010

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    chilly nose, with hints of chalk and limestone; refreshing, sweet and savoury at the same time Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Last day in wine country (actually yesterday). Well this is it for this ... with his Scherrer vineyard chardonnay. His wines are all about balance and this epitomizes that concept. Fresh ripe stone and citrus fruit, zingy acidity, a touch of oak to round off the edges, moderate alcohol and a bit of creaminess. We then tasted his just bottled r... Read More

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  • Chalone Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Grown 2014

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    cool, mild nose; sweet with notes of vanilla oak; heartwarming! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Cambria Chardonnay Bench Break 2014

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    grassy, herby, yet light Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006

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    it's everything I like about Champagne! very fine beads that tantalises the tastebuds and not overwhelming, nose of summer flowers; fruity and buttery, slight sweetness, yet so soothing... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Veuve Cliquot la Grande Dame Champagner Ltr 2006

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    flowery, fruity nose; buttery, yet herby Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was ... a pinot grigio that had some chardonnay blended in. Definitely not your typical grigio as the chard added some body and depth that melded with the floral and citrus notes. Next up was Swanson's signature wine, a layered, nicely textured '11 merlot that showed red and bla... Read More

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  • Domaines Paul Mas Martinolles Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2016

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    sweet, fruit forward nose; grassy and herby Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Lgi-Wine Haute Lige Chardonnay-Viognier Pays d'Oc 2016

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    light with sweet nose; slightly sweet and rich Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 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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