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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  • Good to know info that I'll not be able to do anything with. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Keenan Chardonnay Napa Valley


  • The 1996 Keenan Chardonnay was made from select vineyards located on the floor of the Napa Valley. Keenan continues to barrel ferment and barrel age 100% of the Chardonnay production; one-third of the oak barrels used are new French oak. Approximately one-half of the ‘96 vintage was aged sur-lie for five months; this contributed to the remarkabl... Read More

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  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2012

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    Great easy buttery Chardonnay Read More

    Wine review by Anijade


  • We've been suffering with single digit cold recently.  The past two ... two ... This 2015 Virginia Chardonnay was nicely paired to a chicken and rice dinner that Sandra cooked last night.  She has been cooking a few whole chickens recently, then making chicken soup with the bones and suc Read More

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  • Joseph Drouhin Pouilly Vinzelles 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Angeline Chardonnay California 2016

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    Green apples on the nose. Tropical fruit with enough acid to balance and a soft nearly tanninless finish. We both liked it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2014

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    Not surprisingly, pretty heavily oaked. So there is the buttery, caramel thing going on here. However, there is refreshing citrus--grapefuit-- and tropical fruit--pineapple, kiwi--that provide an excellent counterpoint. Super acidity lasts throughout a quite lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sorry, this is not a very good pic.Beringer 2014 Private Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay.I suppose that, to a large extenet, this one checks off as an over-oaked, buttery California Chardonnay, but let me tell what I like about this one.  It has lots of acid.  I get some grapefruit, but I also get lots of tropical fruit--pineapple, kiwi.  This, t... Read More

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  • Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Chardonnay Monterey County 2015

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    Cool green apple and lemon aromas with a crisp sea breeze freshness. Medium full in the mouth with more apple and peach flavors, a tart acidity and a zesty citrus pith note with some spice to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Brut Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Limoux 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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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