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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Lifted Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    A Tasting Room selection received in 2014. I do not care for the typical ... ... it goes into the glass as a chardonnay, golden, almost light amber/umber. Bits of lemon and lime, and then grass, lime, and ripe melon. Very smooth, round, and lush mouthfeel with a bit of oak that seems to smooth all out and a nice bite (seemingly the perfect amo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • The Eagle Screams into Burgundy Screaming Eagle Owner Buys Majority Stake ... parcel, 23.5 of which are Chardonnay for Corton-Charlemagne and 3.5 of which are planted to Pinot Noir for red Corton. The estate is the second-largest owner of Corton-Charlemagne land, and its wine is known for its class and longevity.Since assuming the management o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Gallo buys Stagecoach


  • http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Gallo-Buys-Stagecoach-VineyardSaw this article interested on insights on Stagecoach and impact of Gall buying Read More

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  • Door Peninsula Chardonnay NV

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    Fruity, some oak, tart. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Riesling could be eclipsing Chardonnay as a go-to white wine grape for wine drinkers. My definition of wine drinkers here includes folks who don’t drink wine on a regular basis, but know a few grapes by name when ordering at a restaurant or picking up a bottle for a special occasion. This says a whole lot about Riesling. Many perfectly fine indi... Read More

    From the article Why Riesling is a Zeitgeist Wine


  • Margan Chardonnay 2016

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    grass and nectar nose; citrus, pineapples, honey and some buttery fats Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Radius Chardonnay

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    No written review

    Wine review by BarbaraDevin


  • Macon-Lugny Saint-Pierre Bouchard Pere & Fils 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2013

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    Wonderful and even better because of the price point. A little vanillin from the oak, sice also. Citrus fruit and a slightly creamy finish combined with an acidic burst give a great mouth feel. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Oh, just remembered some of the class Chardonnay in CA. Definitely worthwhile.-Hanzell-Mount Eden-Stony Hill-Littorai, Heitz Vineyard (though any of them should be nice)The above are all from Northern California...Santa Cruz, Napa, SonomaHowever Santa Barbara in the South does very well with Chardonnay. Most of my experience is with Liquid Farm,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • I've had two bottles explode (glass tops) when opening with a proper corkscrew. Glass everywhere and cuts. What's the story here?

    Comment by 1482603Snoother 1482603 1482603 Snoother 1482603


  • What accompaniments do you have with it?

    Comment by 1297081Fazie 1297081 Fazie


  • Hi, We recently tried your idol Chardonnay whilst holidaying in Lara Beach and we fell in love with this tasty yet delicate wine.. could you please tell me if this is sold in the UK? Kind Regards Ony

    Comment by 1141710onyNony 1141710 onyNony


  • Talbott. The Kali Hart is the best value for the dollar today and light in oak. The Sleepy Hollow vineyard is burgundian to me... also a great value

    Comment by 727845ottrad1 727845 ottrad1


  • what is the calorie content of 8 oz. of the chard. boxed ?

    Comment by 861559wildflower 2 861559 wildflower 2


  • I'm visiting the Carneros region. Would appreciate any suggestions for wineries with nice oak chards. Thanks.

    Comment by 241717Morrilyn Robertson 241717 Morrilyn Robertson


  • Hello All!!! its Beamer! I have just tried a new vintage called Fog Head. from California, Very very tasty!!!! wicked fruit blend, that goes great with chicken! (what i just ate for din din) latley trying new chardonnay's have been pissing me off, in the sense that jackson triggs, gave me an allergic reaction to my eyes!!!!! but this one i...

    Comment by 782313beamer 782313 beamer


  • What does VC mean as the tag for Sterling Chardonnay?

    Comment by 784621novicegb 784621 novicegb


  • I love Chard with oak and even heavy oak. Any suggestions?

    Comment by 745981barbjarvis 745981 barbjarvis


  • I was told by the salesperson that the Dona Sole Chardonnay has oak. There is no indication on the bottle stating the contents.

    Comment by 745981barbjarvis 745981 barbjarvis


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