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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  • Did someone mention shellfish?  Today was a real treat, as I started off ... ... of white wine (a Spanish Chardonnay for Sandra, a French Sauvignon Blanc for myself) which paired nicely with a dozen raw oysters.  We only had appetizers after that, with a tuna thing for Sandra and pot stickers for me.  We were very impressed with the quality of... Read More

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  • De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay Robertson 2015

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    Delicate melon and lemon aromas are lightly floral. Zesty and lightly citrussed in the mouth with a lot of spice and some aged cheese cream coming in through the mid palate, a generous wine with good complexity and a buoyant mouthfeel, equal parts thick and spicy and a creamy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • My quest to uncover wine categories that aren’t getting as much love as ... ... of Pinot Noir (70%) and Chardonnay (30%). Grapes were fermented separately then blended and put in bottle with the dosage. The wine underwent secondary fermentation in the bottle. Fresh wild strawberry and cherry aromas fill the nose. Red fruits continue through, ... Read More

    From the article Last Minute Sparkling Wine for Your Valentine's Day Sweetie


  • Franny Beck?Another one I have to learn about.Sounds like you're home, now. ... have helped. That Rhys Chardonnay was REALLY goo Read More

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  • Rhys Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Alpine Vineyard 2013

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    Very big oaky nose of vanilla. Yes, on the tongue I get the vanilla, and, maybe caramel. Make no mistake, this is no butter bomb. Citrus fruit flavors come with concomitant hit of refreshing acid. Quite spritely on the back of the palatemy guess is that is coming from the acid. Winner, winner. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • It's Superbowl Sunday!  We started out this afternoon with a trip into ... and a 2011 Domaine Serine Chardonnay.  I had pasta and Sandra made herself some type of fish.  It's all good here in Northern Virgini Read More

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  • Dylan's Ghost Hell Hollow 2011

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    big wine big finish. Great body Read More

    Wine review by tankracing


  • Hey guys!  Two Wines, a red blend and a white blend. I own the ... ... | 45% CHENIN BLANC | 10% CHARDONNAY  Pavo Real Vino Tinto (Red)50% GRENACHE | 20% CABERNET SAUVIGNON 20% RUBY CABERNET | 10% BARBERA   Please email me for more information!  Elliott@suttonandtaylor.c Read More

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  • I assume you know, Al, that Stags' Leap Winery is not the same as ... ... owned by the estate, and a Chardonnay vineyard named "Arcadia" from Mike Grgich in 1996. Grgich was the winemaker at Chateau Montelena in the early 1970s and he produced the counterpart winning Californian Chardonnay at the 1976 Judgment of Paris.[5][6]A lawsuit initiate... Read More

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  • EM - We've enjoyed a Keenan wine before but I don't remember which one. ... of 2014 Nickel & Nickel Chardonnay which I really enjoyed.  We snacked on appetizers with our martinis and Chardonnay while talking about our recent blizzard and watching one of their beautiful kitty cats sit near the fireplace.  They have three of these Sphynx kitty ca... 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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