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

  • You know the scene. He walks into the wine bar, orders a glass of Macon ... de ... de Beaune it's simply Chardonnay for the whites and Pinot Noir for the reds but, when it comes to the appellations, (the names and pecking order of the wines), things aren't so straightforward. Mind you, it's certainly not as complicated as many would have us be... Read More

    From the article A Stroll through Burgundy


  • Roserock By Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2015

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    Tangerine peel and fresh apple aromas with touches of lemon and honeysuckle on the nose. Smooth, silky textured yet still assertive on the palate, this brings crisp apple and lemon fruit flavors to the fore, sustaining for quite a while before yielding to a short honeyed oats and creamy vanilla finish. 92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros Napa 2015

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    Wine review by ShanonDean


  • Rombauer Chardonnay 3 2015

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    Wine review by ShanonDean


  • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay 2016

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    Lemon cream and butterscotch aromas with gentle floral notes and baking spice. Smooth and velvety on entry with vanilla and brioche notes to start, developing more towards citrus and apple fruit on the palate and releasing a refreshing zesty lemon acidity on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The big difference in losing that buttery flavor that you describe is what GREG ... was first really noticed in chardonnay as the use of new oak, French or American, became restricted or wasn't used at all in California.  Actually, I miss those.Now to those that have that sensitivity to it, which it seems that you and your seem to have, the los... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My search for a Red


  • Pretty good CA Chardonnay I've enjoyed this bottling in years past.  This one is right in the same groove.  Reasonable (for California) application of oak.  Flavors on the tip of the tongue of peach, kiwi, and, maybe, caramel, but the lemony acid is what wins me over.  As a red wine bigot, I'll never be seduced over to the Chardonnay side, but i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Barnett Vineyards Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard 2014

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    Easy to detect oak-induced butter on the nose. However, on the tongue, worries ... ... Generally, the kind of Chardonnay I enjoy. I agree that this is, certainly, not a long ager, but it is, currently, nowhere near a downward slop Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Auteur Chardonnay Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2008

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    Very stark. No fruit at all. Tart. Only slightly oxidized. Probably over the hill. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Well, I did it again.I went to Total Wines on a prvisioning expedition. ... ... for me (2) stock up on some Chardonnays for Mrs. EMark and (3) pick up some wine for b-i-l as compensation for his performing some  catsitting services for us in the next few weeks.So, while in the Chardonay section doing a great job of achieving goals (2) and (3) ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


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