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

  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... ... of supposedly age-worthy Chardonnay at Thanksgiving 2036? This article is how. The web’s top wine writers are here to help you build an age-worthy wine collection, and their recommendations may surprise you!What’s the oldest bottle in your collection? Do you... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • I’m always being asked to recommend an unusual wine, “one that ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay”. With media communications improving by the minute it’s getting more and more difficult but at a recent corporate event I saw a few puzzled expressions when I suggested Blaufränkisch. It’s one of my favourite Austrian reds and certainl... Read More

    From the article Move Beyond Cab and Chard


  • La Chablisienne Chablis la Pierrelee 2013

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    So what's not to like about this typical - yet meritorious - Chablis from the modern, quality-driven La Chablisienne cooperative? Lots of wet stone, spicy white fruit and apple on the nose and, well, a satisfying apple/gooseberry-like entry and finish. No harshness or watery crapulence here... better than some Premier Cru. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Round and firm fruit notes of white peach, ripe melon and green apple on the nose with tangerine and citrus rounding out the aromas. Juicy pear and apple notes in the mouth with chunky melon and just a touch of grapefruit with an orange blossom and cream finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Happy Garnacha Day! This day celebrates Garnacha and honors its freedom from ... ... has been hailed for its Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. That definition is evolving as the region commits to increase plantings of its native Garnacha over the next few years. This does not mean that all DO Somontano Garnacha is young. The region is known ... Read More

    From the article The Map to Great Garnacha, Part Three


  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... grapes (pinot noir, gamay, chardonnay, though many others also grown in Switzerland), and lots of interaction between the populations. And Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) is viewed by some as the source of the Rhone, while others only see the lake as a wide spot in the river with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • It worked - I feel better.You're lucky, RCKR, that therapy never works for ... few other things--that Salus Chardonnay that I posted last week and a Wind Gap Pinot Noir. I missed out on an interesting sounding $15 Napa Syrah--I took too long to set up my account--but I'm certainly not going to lose sleep about tha Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • BLM, yeah I figured it was pretty close to Meyrin. It's generally ... many ... many of them. That's a chardonnay of a different color.Now for a curveball, and not quite on the same level as the others I've mentioned so far but still interesting and worthy, you could always go for the very distinctively local cheese beignets (called malakoff, a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Short trip. Will be very busy but not too so to taste the wine. At Boston Logan Aitport.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Every wine producing country has strengths and weaknesses, some more than ... ... ... Rita 2015 Medalla Real Chardonnay ($18)Composed entirely of Chardonnay from the Ledya Valley, this is one of the standard bearers of Chilean Chardonnay. Toasted hazelnut, green apple and a hint of citrus emerge from the nose. The palate is studded with flesh... Read More

    From the article Think Beyond Chilean Cabernet


  • 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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