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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • This Remy was a fun addition to Mothers Day festivities. Nutty notes to accent the dry Chardonnay. Read More

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  • Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2013

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    Maybe an 89 here - but then it's just an opinion. Fresh with green apples, vanilin and a touch of nuttiness and citrus around the edges that lead to a slightly vicious, juicy finish. Well done - Paul. 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis 2014

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    Had this at lunch at Ocean Prime in Dallas. A typical, but in a very good way, French Chablis. Citrus with a bright acidity and pleasant minerality, a bit of spice, and a slight bit of oak. Very well balanced with a long smooth finish. Would definitely consider this as a daily drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • De Wetshof "Limestone Hill Unoaked" Chardonnay Robertson 2015

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    Though I'm not a true "un-oaked" chard lover - I do like good wine and this is good wine. It comes straight at with green apples leading way, Orchard blossom, wet stone minerals and citrus fruit solidly back this up - if it had a longer this would be an 89/90. Drink now - it's worth it. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Man, you guys have been busy buying and drinking some quality wine. ... a very ... a very nice white Burgundy (Chardonnay).  As you can see from the wine list, they more than double the retail prices here.  Anyway, we started with the bread and only 1/2 dozen oysters on the half-shell, followed by Maine lobster soup and crab cake appetizers fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Domaine de Vauroux Chablis Premier Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Utter, unmitigated rubbish, not to put too fine a point on it.Chablis has been ... ... on the use of oak with chardonnay, way back in the '60s~80s. Of course the Californians ended up going a bit overboard, to put it mildly. Hey, if a little is good, a lot must be better, right?Of course winemakers focus on how much new cooperage vs recycled ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white ... Burgundy winemakers ferment Chardonnay grapes before steel was invented.  A quick trip to Wikipedia taught me that steel is not nearly as recent invention as I had thought.  It was known in quite ancient times.So, let me take advantage of the wisdome of the Snooth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Those who know Riesling intimately, and drink it often, can argue that the top ... top white variety – Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a chameleon, having a great affinity for expressing winemaking techniques and terroir while never having a distinct varietal dominance on the nose. Alternatively, no matter where it is grown, how it is vinified, be i... Read More

    From the article Australian Riesling: No One Formula for a Great Wine


  • Gloria Ferrer Brut Royal Cuvee 2007

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • For years I have been buying your 5 L boxes of Chardonay and Cabernet at Washington DC stores when they are on sale. For the past six months; no sales. When I called to ask why? "Franzia has raised prices too much to have any more sles of the box wines."

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  • i was given a bottle of The Rothbury Estate 1991 Cowra Chardonnay. This wine was selected by the house committee of the parliment of NSW. So therefore has it has the parliment of NSW label, can anyone tell me of its value?

    Comment by 498110mich1 498110 mich1


  • i have just been given a bottle of pominio bianco 2003 chardonnay. can anyone give me an estimate on what its worth?

    Comment by 459839bloomfield 459839 bloomfield


  • I am looking for the "old style" Chardonnay. The kind most people don't like these days. Big, bold with creamy oaky long finish. Is there such a thing anymore? I really don't like stainless steel Chardonnay.

    Comment by 425454Dansue 425454 Dansue


  • 2008 reserva del fin del mundo patagonia, argentina

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  • smooth buttery finish malalactic processed

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