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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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • Tough day for Mrs. EMark, today--boring story.  So, I am cheffing today. ... ... most assuredly, go for a Chardonnay.  I'm going for this GSM:Hmmm.  Candied berry fruit on the tip of the tongue—cherry.  Not my favorite.  As the wine passes back under the palate I get more earthiness and tartness, and the wine acquires sophistication and comple... Read More

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  • Lincourt Chardonnay Courtneys 2011

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    Since Leslie Renaud became the winemaker at Lincourt their wines have diminished in quality. I will never buy Lincourt wines until they hire a different winemaker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • Roth Estate Chardonnay 2010

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    Since Leslie Renaud became the wine maker at Roth, their wines have gone downhill. I will never purchase Roth wines until they get a different wine maker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • Sidewood Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2013

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    Peach aromas with some phenolics and a bit of green apple. Buoyant and bright in the mouth - this has incredibly powerful fruit with peach and apricot and melon notes, and a zesty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We did a double wine tasting on Sunday, 07 Aug 2016.  First up was a ... ... ... ended up bringing home a Chardonnay and another Ranger Reserve. Before heading home, we drove another 1/2 hour to Linden Vineyards to do a tasting and of course we ended up buying a few more bottles there too.  Their Hardscrabble Red wine is very nice and we alrea... Read More

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  • Let me add my welcome here also Demelza.  As RCKR noted, Margaux is in the ... ... which is also made from Chardonnay but has its own set of characteristics. You could also look for wines made from Melon de Bourgogne or Bourgogne Blanc.Happy hunting! Please let us know what you try and what you think about i Read More

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  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2014

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    Soft green apple and pear aromas with notes of honey and light floral hints. This is delicate to start, and surprisingly so, but starts to warm up in the mouth imparting more honey-butter notes of white peach, green apple and a fruity, floral finish that does show some restrained oak notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Parducci Small Lot Blend Chardonnay 2011

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    Wine review by CLMack


  • Black Kite Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Elegant peach and green apple nose with hints of butter and lemon spice. Full and rich in the mouth with cool fruit flavors of green apple and pear with lemon zest freshness running throughout and a bit of a tropical note of pineapple towards the finish that's quite zesty and carries a touch of oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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