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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  • France

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  • Australia

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  • USA

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  • Sonoma County

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  • Burgundy

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  • Côte de Beaune

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    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

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    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

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    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • OT, where did you get the candle holder staves?  Did you make them ... a ... a barrel that held their RRV Chardonnay...  Mine holds tealights ... I have it up on my mantel right now.&nbs Read More

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  • Merry Edwards Chardonnay Russian River Valley Olivet Lane 2010

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    buttery Smooth Chardonnay, perfect for salmon! Still remember the first time I tried Merry! Read More

    Wine review by 589073meganeh 589073 meganeh


  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Chardonnay Reserve 2011

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    Notes of Butter, Butterscotch, almonds Read More

    Wine review by 589073meganeh 589073 meganeh


  • Fratelli Oddero Langhe Bianco Collaretto 2010

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    Huge sweet herb stem, carob, dark, slightly earthy and slightly prosciutto scented aromas are joined by a hint of wood smoke on the nose. With big, ripe tannins, this shows density on the palate, and fine balance with the potential for elegance. There is lovely freshness to the fruit, mineraly and dark, with slightly jammy wild strawberry, and a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Finished off the Ojai Rose, last night.Tonight we are meeting up with some of ... I can't go wrong with a Chardonnay.  Since Pinot Noir still has its cachet, I'll probably bring one of those, also.  I am thinking of one of the Ceritas PNs that came last winter.&nbs Read More

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  • Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch/Rued Vineyard 2010

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    Classic Russian River Chard, tasting of soft lemon/key lime pie. Not overly tart but not buttery and definitely some oak but not too much. Nice acidity and a fairly long finish that coats the tongue. This touches all the bases but doesn't go overboard with any, so extremely well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chardonnay Casillero del Diablo 2011

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    Better IMO than most domestic Chardonnay's at a similar price level. Not light, but not a high alcohol, high price, stick of butter. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • So what’s the first thing you think of when you read Cariñena? I ... ... Macabeo (Viura), Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot and Carignane. Also visited on my trip were the cellars of San Valero, the first to bottle wine commercial in Cariñena and one of the early leaders to sell wine under their own brands in the region. Drawing fruit from throughout... Read More

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  • Bodegas Paniza Chardonnay 2013

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    With a hint of reduction on the nose, this shows tight and spicy with hints of ... In the mouth its a decent Chardonnay a bit fat, lots of slightly warm apple and pear fruit with a hint of pineapple on the palate and through the modest finish. 83p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • If I have the opportunity to return to Sonoma County and visited the winery - I ... the Sauvignon Blanc and the Chardonnay and I can't determine each taste of these popular wine, but one thing I like in common, all the wine I tasted are really great and I like it. Read more. 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?

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  • 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

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  • 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?

    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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