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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • All right. You have found friends, here.  I am a California wine bigot and ...  If you don't like Chardonnay, you don't like Chardonnay.  If you are curious about why some of us enjoy Chardonnay, we will be pleased to point you to some of our favorites.  I am not that crazy about Pinot Noir.  There are people who think Pinot Noir is the most tr... Read More

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  • Hello, it's actually both of us. Mostly like big bolder wines Cabs ... ... love but like. Do not like Chardonnay at least haven't found one we like yet. Hiw about you gu Read More

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  • Hoping to get more exposure to different opinions on wine and did pairings Read More

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  • Bodegas Chivite Navarra Spain Coleccion 125 Blanco NV

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Cabreo la Pietra Chardonnay 2012

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  • Regaleali Bianco Sicilia Tasca 2013

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  • I remember having a Lafond Chardonnay about a year (maybe, two) ago.   My recollection was that it was good, and it was not terribly expensive.  If I were to see it in a store, I would buy it, but I would not necessarily seek it out.  To me its price makes it an excellent everyday drinker.  I have no experience with Lafond reds. Read More

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  • NG stole my reco for Lafond.  I've mentioned elsewhere that I like ... about the PN there or the Chardonnay, but it's very convenient and you'll probably like the wine.I have a friend who loves Jaffurs Syrah and PS, but it's only so-so by me.  Pali PN has done nothing for me.  SB Wine Co. has been a pretty reliable producer of inexpensive Char... Read More

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  • Trackers Crossing Chardonnay 2009

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    In the glass this Chardonnay was a light yellow (straw-colored). In the bouquet I smelled lots of citrus, some pineapple and hints of spice. It was what I would consider a medium-bodied white. Flavors for me were honey, pineapple, a touch of guava, light citrus notes, generous oak, some hints of spice, and a bite of bitter melon on the finish... Read More

    Wine review by RDDEES


  • Pacific Peak Chardonnay 2008

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    Crisp, Melon, Apple, Medium-bodiedCalifornia - Do not let the reasonable price ... this crisp and refreshing Chardonnay offers tremendous value. Fresh and fruity, this wine is a perfect selection for large gatherings, summer barbeques, or any casual event. Pair with roasted chicken or pasta alfredo.//TOTAL WINE AND MO Read More

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  • 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...

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

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  • 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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