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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  • Ryan Patrick Naked Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2014

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    A touch phenolic in the nose with sweet spice notes and floral blossom and pear aromas with some nectarine hints. Soft and delicate in the mouth, this has a dairy element up front despite being unoaked and shows peach and green apple fruit throughout with a touch of yeastiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Merryvale Starmont Chardonnay 2013

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    very good balance of fruits and spices. a bit toasty, which adds to the intrigue. good! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chardonnay Floodgate Vineyard Clone 95 2012

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Chardenet Durell Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013

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    This is elegant on the nose with green apple and honeyed lemon aromas amidst some salinity and minerality. Continues the mineral note through to the palate where it's joined by ripe peach and lemon fruit, tart acidity and fully developed oak imparting a deep toast to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • There’s always a reason to celebrate or something to which you can look ... ($74.99)This is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines aged sur lie for almost four years (more than double the legal minimum.) The pairing experience: You’re sitting on a bed of leaves commingled with nuts in an apple orchard on a crisp fall day. Th... Read More

    From the article Wine & Caviar To Remind You


  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence ... ... of Paris when California Chardonnay and Cabernet Blends beat the best wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux in a blind tasting with French judges.  And in more recent times, there are numerous examples of that same scenario repeating itself across various Old Wor... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Still enjoying the new TV tonight while we had Sandra's parents over for ... ... from Burgundy.  The Chardonnay shown below will stay in the fridge for now.  I then opened the 2014 Le Loup dans la Bergerie for comparison and they do offer a similar taste but now we're talking 80 % Grenache and 20% Syrah.  I prefer the second one actuall Read More

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  • Slow Press Chardonnay 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Yes, the age-worthiness of Burgundy was on full display last night. Hope to ... Lignier. It's definitely Chardonnay light, but I enjoy it when taken seriously, though the grape has really suffered from neglect in Burgundy since phylloxera. There used to be planting a in Grand Cru and more 1er sites such as Corton, Chassagne, etc. and now it's ... Read More

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  • Thoma Coyne made wine in the LV and seemed like the best prospect, but they ... is a clone of Chardonnay now, more respected than the winery, The winery is known as much for its concert series in summer, its golf course, and the like as for wine.  However, the Wente family still runs the place, and they are very involved in local politics, at l... 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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