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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  • ABOVE...2013 Mount Eden Estate ChardonnaySHEER ELEGANCE  PERSONALITY  STYLE GALOREFOR THE LADIES!MOUNT EDEN has been well-respected for CHARDONNAY since 1945. The vines were originally sourced from BURGUNDY, FRANCE.Here is a lovely wine!I enjoyed it....I hear that it has aging potential....just had it....One can definitely taste herbs and minera... Read More

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  • Agree Mark, producer/site probably trumps the vintage in 12', it didn't ... opened a 2012 Rhys Alpine Chardonnay for me and I was pretty taken aback by how tart and fresh it was, leaner than most white Burgundy! But still with some good fruit. I was betting the winemaker purposefully blocked some malo due to the green apple, malic acids I thoug... Read More

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... been described as akin to chardonnay but I think that it transforms with a little air in the glass – to me, it’s a mix somewhere between a chenin blanc, viognier and chardonnay. It has texture, floral notes, complexity, honeysuckle, citrus and a great minerality... Read More

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  • If there's a test, I'm not interested.Last night.  A pretty good Chardonnay.  I have to say, more Mrs.'s EMark's kind than mine--much more the big oaky California style than what I usually like.  Once I was able to get pleast the caramel there was some terrific lemon that just lingered for several minutes.  The good news for Mrs. EMark is that w... Read More

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  • Ok, I recieved an email list offer from Turley. I have never tried but all I hear is that they are very good. What should I buy? Remember that we like big and structured. Let me hear it?  Read More

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  • Think of LOVE IN ALL FORMS!!!!! FOOD AND WINE...BUBBLY...perhaps?For me...definitely a few bottles from SAUTERNES.....oh I love them.......QUALITY OVER QUANTITY!!! Read More

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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2014


    Light toast and white peach aromas with a floral note showing amidst fresh apple and tea leaf. This is round and firm in the mouth, soft and powdery and light on its feet, with a touch of lemon coming through towards the finish with the tea leaf returning amidst oaky vanilla notes. Read More

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  • Meiomi Chardonnay 2014


    Pleasant nutty aromas of green apple and peach on the nose with prominent vanilla bean notes. Quite fruit forward and pleasantly sweet fruited in the mouth, this has some pineapple and mango notes alongside a hint of lemon with drawn butter to finish. Read More

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  • Drinking wine any night is proof that life is still pretty good.We're ... ...  The 2014 Gray Ghost Chardonnay is still in the fridge for now.We attended an excellent play today at the Arena Theater in Washington DC - Roe.  Powerful, interesting and very well done.  I was in tears at the end.  Highly recommended to all.Oh, I saw this kitty on t... Read More

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  • DV's got it right with that hole comment. Not prime winery country. Cross ... wine country (pinot noir and chardonnay top the list), or head way upriver to the east for other varietals. Vancouver WA is a town in search of a soul, and it's most favorable descriptor might be 'bedroom community'. Have had family and friends live and work there, a... Read More

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