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

  • Gray Monk Pinot Blanc 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I received this modestly priced Pinot Blanc from a family friend at a reception ... ... the wine is almost chardonnay-like with apple and pear on the nose. Entry is very pleasant, with gobs of kiwi, gooseberry, pear and apple. Delicious. Nothing poor about this poor man's chard. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2014

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    Cool lemon, melon and apple fruit with tea leaf and spice aromas. Palate is dry but quite fruity with white peach, tangerine and melon aromas up front followed by a crisp acidity and more citrus backbone of lemon zest. Past the fruit of the mid palate this finishes creamy and assertive with notes of vanilla, allspice and a quite lengthy sustaine... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Storrs Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2014

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    "This is a very intriguing, tasty and cerebral bottling from this producer, which has an urban tasting room in the heart of Santa Cruz. Aromas of Brie cheese rind, Meyer-lemon pith, light jasmine and sea-salt-crusted cashew lead into a very grippy palate laden with pomelo pith and incredibly vibrant citrus and saline flavors." - Matt Kettmann Wi... Read More

    Wine review by BYAHHH


  • Here's my 1st written note on finding banana in my wine - auteur-chardonnay-sonoma-coast-2013.Gave it 92 points, if that means anything to anyone else. Read More

    Forum post in the topic I Tasted Green Banana;...


  • On White   I tasted banana. I did. when did you? Read More

    Forum post in the topic I Tasted Green Banana;...


  • When: Sunday December 18, 2-4 PM Where: Pierre Loti Union Square 53 Irving ... grapes used for Champagne, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are used here, with a small addition of Pinot Blanc. The wines are all produced in the ‘Traditional Method’, whereby the second fermentation responsible for the creation of the bubbles takes place in bottle. The w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting in New York:...


  • Every year I get a "20% Off" solicitation from Patz & Hall. ... ... year I'm just going for Chardonnay.  There is no downside to keeping Mrs. EMark well stocked in Chardonnay.  ;-)Sonoma Coast Hyde Vineyard Hudson VineyardActually, the P&H offer was not as good this year as in previous years.  In the past they have offered free shipping.  This... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Tisdale Vineyards Chardonnay California 2011

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    My go to Chardonnay.. Love it! Love the price! Read More

    Wine review by 1sparrow


  • Just back from Chablis with a few thoughts. The first is that the Chablisienne ... ... Burgundy, the Chardonnay grape is king and the very best vineyard plots, the seven Grand Cru’s of Blanchots, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur and Vaudesir, lie on the steep, protected, south-west facing Kimmeridgian slopes that overlook the R... Read More

    From the article The Truth About Petit Chablis


  • Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse 2014

    Snoothrank:

    The reliable Louis Jadot negotiant (wholesaler) makes a wonderful generic Pouilly-Fuisse with a garden flower scent (white Wisteria) and a slightly oaky, oily licorice flavour on the palate. Finish is long and satisfying. A fine wine for the price and very Macon. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • 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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