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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  • Cache Creek Vineyards Lake County Chardonnay 2008


    A Lot 18 Selection. A real big 'Oak Bomb', but since it has been a long while ... since having a densely oaked Chardonnay, this one was very enjoyable. Very light gold yellow color with a dense and slippery mouth-feel. Peaches, pears, & apricot jam scent and flavors that slip into oak butter vanilla back. Perhaps too opulent to have frequentl... Read More

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  • Thank you for the link, John.  Very interesting.Her comments about losing ... ... losing the Long Vineyard Chardonnay intrigues me.  OT has turned me into a historic vineyard bigot.  So, my initial response to the removal of old vines is repulsion.  On the other hand, is Pritchard Hill the right place for Chardonnay?  Pritchard Hill is now con... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article

  • "It seems to me, though, that territory that is primo for Cabernet ... ... ... may not be so primo for Chardonnay."Seems to me that Zelma is as qualified as anybody on earth to talk about the subject regarding that specific (former) plot of chardonnay. I've met her (even if it was decades ago when she had access to that land), and she is smar... Read More

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  • Good interview. And as always, an interesting woman. Too bad the interviewer ... JD.And good catch about the Chardonnay massacre, post Long Sr.'s sale of the historical block, in your repost. Chard doesn't get the respect it deserves--hasn't for awhile, now, IMHO. A good chardonnay is one of my favorite wines. No Brett at all with the Leoville... Read More

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  • What have been some of the high and low points of your career?The only huge ... ... label was based on old Chardonnay, planted in the late 1960s, on Pritchard Hill [Napa] land owned, and leased to us, by Robert Long. My disappointment was when Robert eventually sold the vineyard. All of the great old Chardonnay was pulled out and planted to C... Read More

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  • Wasn't so long ago we were talking about her. Just saw an article pop up on W-SZelma LongOh yeah, and Dave - re: the Brett topic from earlier this year. There are strong suspicions that Leoville Barton wines still contain it, all the way up to vintage 2010. If the 2003 had any, they were pretty minor and didn't stick out much. Read More

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  • Yeah, Jon, I think you might be right.  On the other hand I do plan to ... very impressed with Ceritas Chardonnay.  I have a few of their PNs that I am getting close to checking.Tonight it is white wine--Gonon '11 "Les Oliviers" St. Joseph.  I'm pretty sure that I bought it that day when I met you at Hi Time.  Inital impression is very positiv... Read More

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  • Wrights Station Winery Reserve Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2010


    A great Chardonnay from a new winery. Dan Lokteff has perfected Chardonnay. A slightly oaked citrus chard, touch of hazel, refreshing, you'll want to fill your canteen up with it before a long hike... Read More

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