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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    pineapple notes, with some hints of toast and oak Read More

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  • Here's that riesling at long last:It's a 2014 Krauther Crasevin - and ... ... apples, nuttiness almost chardonnay in body style ans color, which is a straw colo Read More

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  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013


    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Yippee. Beautiful in the glass, tiny bubbles, a hint of a nutty taste in the mouth with a dry finish. Best of the show in a small two bottle tasting. Read More

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  • I love a good value when it comes to sparkling wine, but there are so many ... ... ... largely because of their Chardonnay base. Only Chardonnay or Pinot Bianco grapes are permitted in Satèn-labeled wines. Here we find gorgeous fresh apple and white pepper aromas with a touch of honey glaze. Extraordinary and elegant with sweet spice and fresh... Read More

    From the article The Decision to Spend More on Sparkling Wine

  • Adler Fels the Eagle Rock Chardonnay 2015


    Apple cider and white peach, blossom and tangerine aromas on the nose. Pleasantly silky mouthfeel and a rich palate of oak spice, lemon curd, toasted almond, and fresh acidity through the mid palate. This has amazing fresh fruit and is clean and light through to the finish where a nicely integrated oak note lingers. Read More

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  • With the New Year just around the corner, pop the cork on a sparkling wine and ... ... is generally a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and is made by a second fermentation in the bottle where a little more sugar and yeast is added to a still dry wine to produce a little more alcohol and a little more carbon dioxide – t... Read More

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  • Many wineries are distinctly associated with a single appellation or growing ... ... Ray 2015 Green Valley Chardonnay ($30)This cuvee style offering is comprised of select barrels from each vineyard the winery sources from in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Aging took place in (40% new) French oak. Granny Smith apple, melon and hint... Read More

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  • Louis Max Chablis 2014


    high acidity, some pineapple notes, light and mineraly Read More

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  • Italy is well known for many things and one of them is an inordinate number of ... is Champagne. In using only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in ideal conditions and producing their wines using the classic method they have set themselves as a class leader in sparkling wine. The top tier isn’t the only place the wines of Ferrari shine. Startin... Read More

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