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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  • 2012 Havoc & mayhem McLaren Vale, Australia Chardonnay 2015

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    what a wonderful wine. the vintor has out did themselves. it embellishes all ... the palate. if you are not a chardonnay fan this wine will win you over Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Joannemerc - Just to get you pointed in the right direction, here's a ... ... ... crusted Mahi Mahi with a Chardonnay would probably be nice. Pork chops may pair well with whites also.White wine will typically pair up well with pastas having white sauces (Cream base sauce). For example, Chicken fettuccine alfredo with a Sauvignon Blanc.There's... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • Failla Keefer Ranch Russian River Chardonnay 2012

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    Excellent Failla chardonnay. Layers of creamy lemon chiffon, subtle butterscotch, honey and just a kiss of vanilla and oak. This is a very well balanced wine, not overly fruity, oaky or acidic but enough of each to make things interesting. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Prince Michel Barrel Select Chardonnay Virginia 2010

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    Pretty darn good for Virginia chardonnay. Decent amount of creamy lemon, not overly oaked but there is some noticeable and low to medium acidity. The finish is short to medium in length. There are much better $20 Cali chards out there but for VA, worth the experience. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I have been trying to find info on wine terminology. Im lost everytime I visit the wine section and read the reviews as I dont know what they mean.  Please help. I enjoy red and whites that are not very sweet and not dry and that I can drink 3 sips at once without  having to pucker. Not as sweet as Beringers white zifandel  and not as dry as Mir... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • I tend to like the 'smoked' flavor in some cheeses, but last night the ... a 2013 Nickel & Nickel Chardonnay (Truchard Vineyard, Napa) for myself.  These were paired with a bread basket and a dozen raw oysters - six Olde Salt, three Barren and three Wellfleet.  They were all delicious, as was the wine.  Next up was a salad for Sandra but a nic... Read More

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  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay 2011

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    This edition of the reserve Chardonnay from Blue Mountain is superb: the nose is of apple pie with a hint of cinnamon (just a hint, mind); on the palate, there is a slight creaminess, but with structure (acidity). Excellent balance with some Chablis (or Macon) mineral-like notes on the smooth and lengthy finish. Heavenly spring water. Crosses... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cedar Creek Winery Unoaked Chardonnay NV

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    On the sour side. Lemon and herb. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan


  • Oh, yes, OT.  Prado is a big favorite with the white wine drinkers in this ... ... for anothter California Chardonnay: A very round,full-bodied white wine.  Initial nose makes me think over-oaked California butter-bomb, but, boy, is that wrong.  Melon, tropical fruit and lemon fruit flavors with refreshing tartness.  The oak hits in the aftert... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Carneros-Napa Chardonnay 2009

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    Lots of fruit flavor on introduction to the palatemelon, pineapple, and, as the wine moves farther back, lemon. A very round and quite full-bodied wine. Tartness keeps it refreshing. Oak is most noticeably apparent in the vanilla aftertaste. I REALLY like this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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