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

  • Lassen was pretty covered in snow and clouds kept hitting the tops of it, so I ... I ... so growing Cabernet/Chardonnay/SauvBlanc, etc, might be the only chance you have to sell to the weekend drinker.  If you want to get out and market you wines broadly, you need to have the capacity to amortize those costs over more cases, so you need at le... Read More

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  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2014

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    Plump green apple and pear fruit aromas with honey glazing and floral notes of wild blossom. This is quite rich and velvety in the mouth with more fresh green apple and baked apple spice, peach, hints of tart lemon and a bit of pineapple thrown in. A well-balanced full, round mouthfeel here with well integrated oak cream bringing up the finish e... Read More

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  • Sinnean "Unoaked" Chardonnay 2006

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    Fairly pedestrian as far as "unoaked" chardonnays go. There are several better. One thing I've learned about this style - they need to be well chilled. 48-52 deg F. Really light hay colored in the glass. Apples, melon and pear on the nose. The more moderate notes of pear and melon follow thru. Short aftertaste. Better young - say within 18-24 mo... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Frogs Leap Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009

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    I was blown away by this wine. It may be that others score higher or lower, but I dare say that everyone will agree it's different - oh say pinot grigio different. Rick was the first to say so - I cautiously waited, but except for the lemongrass throughout and small creamy notes on the nose this is totally PG. A golden hay liquid with green melo... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Frogs Leap Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Craggy Range Chardonnay Kidnappers Vineyard 2010

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    An area of New Zealand worth watching that's for sure. It and Central Otago are ... ... associate with classic chardonnay are redefined here, and that's good - for wine and for us. Drink now through 2015 Paul 88 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Celebration Crémant de Loire 2008

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    You start with the price and soon realise that this is excellent value, and as pleasing as many cheaper champagnes. It would be an excellent choice for when you need six bottles for a gathering of some sort. The main quality is the combination of good depth of fruit with a nice refreshing tweak of acidity. The wide scope of attendant flavours of... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by ericvardon


  • Lawer Estates Late Harvest Chardonnay Knights Valley Sonoma County 2014

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    Amazing Read More

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... ... Blanc, 28% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, 8% Melon, 4% Pinot Blanc // 10 bottles remain         Keep, Lost Slough Vineyard, White Blend, Clarksburg 2015 - $18 35% Cortese, 34% Falanghina & 31% Loureiro. I see at least 189 Scrabble points in there somewhere. 18 bo... Read More

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