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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  • STEPHEN -  "IMHO too much focus on high volume commercial Sav Blanc which is almost tasting like dish water that has had capsicums soaking in it." , I agree with this - there were times when I thought the wine was angry at me.Giesen and Kono are two of my favorites just because they have an elegance to them.  Until WS started talking about them ... Read More

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  • Yes a littleMainly Central Otago and Martinborough PinotsHawkes Bay has a ... ... ... also produce some good chardonnayI have toured Marlborough twice as part of my work for Pernod and it is a quite beautiful region to visitThey do actually make some excellent top end Sav Blanc in the Sancere and Fume Styles with some oak treatment but sadly ... Read More

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  • Simi Winery Sonoma County Chardonnay 2014


    Good - pineapple, vanilla, green apple with juicy acidity - good daily drinker. Read More

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  • I have a couple Camerons from 2011, Clos Electrique that is...curious to try his Nebbiolo and Chardonnay as well. Interesting about the Selosse, will have to look in to that! Read More

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  • The second day (Thursday) was to be full of fun and excitement.  We did ... bought two bottles here, the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Franc.  The Cabernet Sauvignon was nothing to write home about.Oh, breakfast at our Bed & Breakfast Inn was very tasty and a good way to start off the day.  The place is near a corner with lots of road noise thou... Read More

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  • Henri de Villars 'La Forgeotte' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a stand at last month's London ... ... are red ] made of gamay or chardonnay grapes from an area of 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Massif Central to the west.Henri de Villars is a wine merchant/negociant based in Nuits St Georges but I have not been able to find out a gre... Read More

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  • Sandra and I needed to head down south to Charlottesville, Virginia this week to attend a Louis Black comic performance at the Paramont Theater.  Louis wasn't playing closer to us in Washington DC like he usually does, so we figured why not go down there and make it a Bed & Breakfast trip with some wine tasting tossed in.  And thus it was to be.... Read More

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  • CHEERS STEPHEN HARVEY!Do you ever drink NZ Wines? Read More

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  • Drank a 10 year DeLoach Heritage Chardonnay that I didn't remember having. For that level - entry at best - it remained surprisingly fruity and though a little torn it is  satisfying still.  Luck of the draw I guess. Read More

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