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

  • When he started Kendall-Jackson Winery thirty-two years ago, Jess Jackson's ... ... Estate Camelot Highlands Chardonnay 2014 from the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara. It’s a breakfast wine because, quite simply, there’s a bowl of fruit in the glass. The fruit is so powerful that it leaps to the nose. Furthermore, it received 91 points from ... Read More

    From the article Wine That Says "Count On Me"


  • A very nice Chardonnay, which we opened on debate Monday (26 Sept 2016) as we prepared some fish for Sandra; I had already eaten at the mall while we watched the grand kids.  This bottle is highly recommended. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Domaine Guerrin et Fils Saint-Veran le Clos Vessats 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Notting Hill ... white wines made of the chardonnay grape from 8 communes in the southern part of the Maconais region of Burgundy.Some of the communes produce reds sold under Beaujolais appellations but Saint Veran is regarded as more prestigious than Beaujolais Blanc.My bottle is from Domain... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... St. Jean 2014 Robert Young Chardonnay ($25)Robert Young Vineyard, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, is one of the most iconic Chardonnay vineyards in Sonoma County. Roasted nut and golden delicious apple aromas light up the nose. Concentrated yellow fru... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... ... but I also like their Chardonnay.Their estate is located on Spring Mountain.  I find that Spring Mountain reds have loads of tannin.  So, tannophobes should be aware.  Their Cabernet Sauvignons and their Cabernet Francs all are usually from the estate vineyard a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within ... ... of supposedly age-worthy Chardonnay at Thanksgiving 2036? This article is how. The web’s top wine writers are here to help you build an age-worthy wine collection, and their recommendations may surprise you!What’s the oldest bottle in your collection? Do you... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • I’m always being asked to recommend an unusual wine, “one that ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay”. With media communications improving by the minute it’s getting more and more difficult but at a recent corporate event I saw a few puzzled expressions when I suggested Blaufränkisch. It’s one of my favourite Austrian reds and certainl... Read More

    From the article Move Beyond Cab and Chard


  • La Chablisienne Chablis la Pierrelee 2013

    Snoothrank:

    So what's not to like about this typical - yet meritorious - Chablis from the modern, quality-driven La Chablisienne cooperative? Lots of wet stone, spicy white fruit and apple on the nose and, well, a satisfying apple/gooseberry-like entry and finish. No harshness or watery crapulence here... better than some Premier Cru. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Round and firm fruit notes of white peach, ripe melon and green apple on the nose with tangerine and citrus rounding out the aromas. Juicy pear and apple notes in the mouth with chunky melon and just a touch of grapefruit with an orange blossom and cream finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Happy Garnacha Day! This day celebrates Garnacha and honors its freedom from ... ... has been hailed for its Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. That definition is evolving as the region commits to increase plantings of its native Garnacha over the next few years. This does not mean that all DO Somontano Garnacha is young. The region is known ... Read More

    From the article The Map to Great Garnacha, Part Three


  • 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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