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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  • Notable Chardonnay Unoaked 2016

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Model Farm Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2016

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    Pretty straw color. Nose of tropical fruits. On the tongue a very obvious lemon. Oak is restrained, although, there is a suggestion of caramel. Bitter sensation on the side of the tongue makes me think of lemon pith. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Altemasi Brut Trento

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    A bit of aged cheese, firm peach and fresh grapefruit aromas with some sweet spice and pleasant white wildflowers. Tangerine and crisp green apple are bright on entry with a spicy and zesty acidity opening the mid palate where more peach and grapefruit flavors emerge and sustain through to a finish of nutty walnut and yeast flavors. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cesarini Sforza Rose Trento

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    Bready aromas of strawberry and light cherry with a slight savory note, herb butter and mushrooms. Zesty and fresh palate of citrus fruit - mostly pink grapefruit and lemon with mixed berry and dark ripe cherry, tart plum paste and toasted herb towards a nutty, spiced finish. Searing acidity lifts the palate and keeps the texture just as excitin... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ca' del Bosco White Blend Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige Brut 2008

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    This golden-hued sparkler is super light, fresh and has an attractive nose of ... This is a Prosecco blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco made in the typical Champagne Méthode (25 months on the lees.) A great sipper or a wonderful complement to any foo Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Chloe Chardonnay 2015

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    Agree with previous rater, vin0vin0 but did not get the smoke. Adding to that, it gave me a bit of a headache with one glass. Good staying power in the fridge. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Glad to hear she's coming back, Jack.I don't think I've ever seen a ... in a modest order for some Chardonnay, PN, and Syra Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Vintage Rose Brut Cremant de Limoux 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Alain Gautheron Chablis Premier Cru l'Homme Mort 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused ... ... white wines (including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewurztraminer) and reds from varieties that include Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  “Our whites are delicate and aromatic whilst our reds are rich, fleshy and tannic... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows


  • 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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