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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Richard Jennings

Wine writer (and HR exec). I write a weekly column for Huffington Post, wine book reviews for NY Journal of Books, and my blog is http://www.RJonWine.com. I have over 38,000 tasting notes on CellarTracker, where I'm the most "favorited" TN author.

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Popular Regions for Chardonnay View all

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Burgundy

      Burgundy is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions. It is locate...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

  • Chassagne-montrachet

      Chassagne-Montrachet is a village in Borgundy’s Cote de Beaune, which is the southern sect...

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  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • StoneFly Vineyard

    Founded more than a decade ago on a passion for fly-fishing and fine wine, StoneFly Vineyards pro...

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    Crauford Wine Company was founded in 2000 by Marilyn Crawford Corley, whose family originated in ...

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    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • Three Thieves

    You may have heard the tale of the Three Thieves, three regular guys who threw away centuries of ...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Fetzer Chardonnay Sundial 2012

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    Tasted too much like vanilla. Too oak-y. Read More

    Wine review by KKrieger05


  • Welcome aboard, Barolo.  I'll start by wondering why you resurrected a 3-year old thread to introduce yourself.  I'm over it, now.Your handle suggests that you have a predelection for certain Italian wines, but most of your post suggests you enjoy California wines.   Whatever the case, you will find like-minded people, here.  Tell us more about ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fat, rich, creamy and buttery...


  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road has opened to explore. Always looking for the best that meets our tasting needs.Since we live within hours, the very least a day's drive, from Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the wh... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fat, rich, creamy and buttery...


  • Franciscan Estate Chardonnay 2012

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    Delicious complex chardonnay. Great accompaniment to salmon or cheese. Read More

    Wine review by Heather B


  • OT, where did you get the candle holder staves?  Did you make them ... a ... a barrel that held their RRV Chardonnay...  Mine holds tealights ... I have it up on my mantel right now.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Merry Edwards Chardonnay Russian River Valley Olivet Lane 2010

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    buttery Smooth Chardonnay, perfect for salmon! Still remember the first time I tried Merry! Read More

    Wine review by meganeh


  • Kings Garden Vineyards Late Harvest Chardonnay 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by meganeh


  • Lamoreaux Landing Chardonnay Finger Lakes Reserve 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by meganeh


  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Chardonnay Reserve 2011

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    Notes of Butter, Butterscotch, almonds Read More

    Wine review by meganeh


  • Fratelli Oddero Langhe Bianco Collaretto 2010

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    Huge sweet herb stem, carob, dark, slightly earthy and slightly prosciutto scented aromas are joined by a hint of wood smoke on the nose. With big, ripe tannins, this shows density on the palate, and fine balance with the potential for elegance. There is lovely freshness to the fruit, mineraly and dark, with slightly jammy wild strawberry, and a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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?

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

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  • 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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