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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  • Dublin Ranch California Chardonnay 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Estate Chalk Hill 2014

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    Bright and fruity aromas of green apple and peach with honeysuckle and vanilla on the nose. Wonderfully thick and full in the mouth, this has tart fresh citrus notes coming through powerfully in the center, round and firm yet quite zesty and lively throughout and turning to more lemon and light butter towards the finish With a hint of white pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2014

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    Cool and floral on the nose with elderflower and tea leaf aromas and fruit notes of lemon zest and green apple. This has a bit of herbal leaf up front with pleasant peach and green apple notes, touches of vanilla and oak through the center and a finish that is yeasty and tart in equal measure with a bit of cedar and toast to finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    I recently found this Cremant de Limoux for sale at my local supermarket. They just started carrying Gerard Bertrand's wines, which none of the local wine/liquor stores carry. This sparkling wine is quite nice for the money, very dry, medium small bubbles, with a clean aftertaste. However, there are several other brands in this price range that ... Read More

    Wine review by D9sus 4


  • It was never my favorite style of wine but I do appreciate it from time to ... ... changed the rules to allow Chardonnay, which is OK I guess, since I don't like the idea of mandating grape varieties, but I don't understand why they would do that instead of keeping to Spanish grapes.And of course, sparkling wine also includes sparkling Shiraz,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • To press or not to press? That is NOT the question. Rarely does anything in ... neutral varieties such as Chardonnay, a small amount of skin contact can add extra palate texture and dimension. However, more aromatic varieties, especially Viognier and Gewurztraminer, tend to have higher tannins in the skins so in these cases additional skin con... Read More

    From the article Pressing Issues: Exploring a Small Portion of the Maze of Winemaking Decisions


  • Copain Tous Ensemble Chardonnay 2011

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine ... ... and that it wasn't Chardonnay (or PN/PM). With that out of the way, I found this very enjoyable and drinkable with nice, solid freshness to the fruit (despite its weightier texture), and also interesting flavors of apples, mixed nuts, and a hint of wheat brea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • Bouchard Aine & Fils Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2011

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    Wine review by ub32965


  • Gregory is just making the rounds posting a press release from Keenan and ...-chardonnay-grape-from-old-world-to-california-997733 Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Journey of the Chardonnay...


  • 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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