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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Erica Landin

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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  • California

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

  • France

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

  • Napa

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries using Chardonnay

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Chassagne Montrachet Premiere Cru Morgeot Louis Latour 2004

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Liberty Creek Chardonnay 2008

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    Surprisingly decent wine at a budget. Great wine for pairing with tortilla ... ... characterizes more fruity Chardonnay. Would bring to a party. Very drinkable wine Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • Lewis Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012

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    Very crisp wine. If you hate the oaky/buttery style, this is your thing. I might make a case for this wine being a bit over-acidic. Very subtle on the fruit flavorssome lemon, some stone fruit. A wine to enjoy for itself, but not up to the standards set previous years by this maker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Vrignaud Chablis 2012

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    This Chablis, purchased from Marquis Wines of Vancouver BC, is like a boxer hitting above weight class. A scent of sweet apple pie and crust on the nose with beautiful balanced apple and muted cinnamon on the finish. Well above average for Chablis A. C. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tormaresca Chardonnay 2011

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Have you visited Navarro, Al?  Peggy and I very much enjoy love the ... ... have Randy Lewis' Napa Chardonnay.  As usual, it is pretty darned hot over Labor Day weekend here in the Inland Empire.  So, white wine will be the ticket.  I have never been disappointed by a Lewis white wine--Napa or Sonoma Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or, even, the l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Wow, a lot of reports on lots of great wines and great food.  Thank you to ... last night, and had Lewis Chardonnay.  The chicken and the vegies were great.  The wine was good, but not great.  OT has ruined me with Ceritas Chardonnay.Darren, do black widow spiders live in Canada?  I may be wrong (not that unusual), but I would have guessed not.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Trefethen Red Bordeaux Blend Oak Knoll 2006

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    Love Read More

    Wine review by Brian butler


  • Matchbook Old Head Chardonnay 2012

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    Kind of flat and flabby. There's oak and lemon cream on the nose and the palate. Not a whole lot of acidity or depth just the oak and not much else. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • You are right about supporting the Napa wineries.  We had a chardonnay from Napa last night - one with a Trader Joe's label.  It was quite decent for the price ($9.95).  This is one we tasted in the store. Read More

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