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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Mark, you are correct. Greg was just commenting on how the hipsters take that to an extreme and praise the acidity/no to little fruit wines to give themselves cred. Read More

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  • Jaume Serra Chardonnay Penedès 2012

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  • Bogle Chardonnay California 2012

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    I agree with other reviewers, this is a moderately oaked classic California chardonnay with apple, pear, apple pie, and fruit salad flavors that linger in a nice finish for a chard at this price. About 86 points, 3.5 glasses considering the price (about 10 bucks) I would recommend it. Read More

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  • Fern bars and cougar juice...  Love it, Greg!!!  lmao Read More

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  • "Sometimes we make sacrifices for a greater reward later."Like taking the time to read one of your novels.  Always worth the sacrifice! Great stuff Greg. Read More

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  • "As usual, Greg, you have written a very interesting essay with, probably, ... ... of the California chardonnay industry post KJ. Because more people also hated that gagging cloyingness but were both still gullible and also had not drunk enough well done oaked chardonnay to have a broader wine-world view, they picked up on such preaching as th... Read More

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  • Thank you again. I'd be willing to invest in a few $40+ bottles. Is it ... ... So do you really like old Chardonnay with oxidative notes?Most of those wines are better off consumed in the first five years of their live Read More

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  • Barrels are not being replaced by stainless steel for economic reasons. I ... ... Cab, Merlot, and for whites, Chardonnay.Jess Jackson knew that Americans liked a bit of sugar and people the world over seem to like vanilla, so he made a Chardonnay with a bit of residual sugar and slavish oak to produce the vanilla and butter. He called it "res... Read More

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  • Had some oaked Chilean chardonnay last night. It was a very good match for cajun duck salad, crawdad cakes, scallops etouffee, jambalaya and even New Orleans-style bbq pork (the whole table was sharing from each dish).Sounds like a food wine to me.  ;-) Read More

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  • Big oak is one thing that isn't a disaster in and of itself. It's the rest of the winemaking that is key.Too much alcohol, too much residual sweetness, mis-managed malolactic, etc., etc. Several problem wines have also been listed.Go through them, CMA238, and see which wines you think are balanced and good and tasty and refreshing for the style,... Read More

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