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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

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    Very floral nose. Lots of fruit on entrytable grapes, lemon. Some spiciness on the rear palate. Light on oak. Acid tartness is more apparent than butter. Pleasant enough wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Beresford Chardonnay McLaren Vale 2013

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    Nicely herbal and slightly hot aromas of green apple and sweet lemon. This is spicy and zesty in the mouth with bold lemon and grapefruit notes, fresh green apple and a hint of tart herbal character towards the finish that has good length and subtle oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Aoyo Chardonnay Semi Sweet Wine 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Joyy


  • With Portland, Oreon finally feeling the warmth of Summer, I've opted for ... Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Valley. I normally don't buy wines under $10.00 yet when I saw this at Trader Joe's, it reminded me of my favorite Carneros so I thought I'd give it a try. What a delightful wine! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon tryi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Doesn't need to overwhelming to be satisfying.Funny, my wife said that to ... outside.  The bottle of Chardonnay was decent too.  Good time Read More

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  • We made a very snap decision to go to the Hollywood Bowl, yesterday.  The ... has liked the Clos Pegase Chardonnay for several years.  Since I have been able to consistently get it at Costco, it has been easy to keep her supplied.  Since she found out that she was siting and tasting with the newly announced Clos Pegase winemaker last month, I'... Read More

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  • Cupcake Chardonnay

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    No written review

    Wine review by lorrie mcmillan


  • Napa Cab is about 6 to 8 weeks out depending on the winemaker. My StepSon said ... Sauv Blanc,  Semillon, Chardonnay etc with PN then Napa Reds to follow. Should be done processing fruit by Hallowee Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • They've had a hell of a time with it in Burgundy, like a 50-90% lost vintage. Unsure on quality, but it's dubious.What's going on in Napa/Sonoma? I hear Halcon Alturas is a ways away from ripening, but the harvest of whites has been in full effect. When should the Cabernet, and other reds be "ready"?Let's pick now (or soon) I say!Floods and fros... Read More

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... nice little pink bubbly from Chardonnay and Pinot noir fruit.I know there are quite a few more wineries out there now and that they've come a long way.  I thought, in general, the wines there, albeit a little difficult to grow due to the colder extremes sometimes (a... 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...

    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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