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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  • France

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  • Sonoma County

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  • Australia

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  • Côte de Beaune

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Plantaze Chardonnay Barrique 2009

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    Fantastic fruity taste that is combined with barrique note.. serious wine for true delight Read More

    Wine review by VINARIJA TOPICH


  • Banshee Wines Waccamaw Chardonnay 2013

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    Decent but simple California chardonnay. Light lemon peel, little to no oak, medium acidity but not very complex. This is better when it warms up a bit, but then a bit of metallic aftertaste comes out. Not bad but not great. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • A veritable Jekyll and Hyde roller coaster of weather swept across Europe this ... wet summer. The region's Chardonnay was the star of the season, with some winemakers commenting the vintage has the potential to be outstanding. German winemakers are pleased with the country's increased production this year, but the jury is still out concerning... Read More

    From the article The 2014 Harvest is in for France and Germany


  • Saint-Romain Thierry et Pascale Matrot a Meursault 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/57881 Saint-Romain is an AOC created in 1947 for red and white wines from the commune of that name off to the west of the Cote D'Or on the Cote de Beaune and at a higher elevation, close to the Hautes Cote de Beaune. There are no Grand or Premier Cru vineyards here ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine William Fèvre Chablis GC Les Preuses 2011

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    This feminine and minerally wine has an impressive potential to keep well though its enticing today. Harmony and persistence give this wine clear focus. It is impressively floral, lemony and chalky with notes of sea salt. Those that unilaterally dismiss larger operations are missing out on some most impressive wines chez Fèvre. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Roland Lavantureux Chablis GC Vaudésir 2013

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    I fell for yet another barrel sample. I was totally vulnerable to this wines exotic nose of clove-studded apple, potpourri and baked peaches with crumble topping. This should be bottled in November. Despite the wines breadth, it is hardly heavy. Unlike so many other Chablis during this trip, however, its not tannin that keeps the wine inline. It... Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Gc les Clos 2012

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    This wine hails from a mid-slope parcel towards the northern side of the appellation. Its most predominant character is its chiseled structure. Then, theres the beautiful typicity of chalk, yellow plums and pithy grapefruit zest. Its a shame to drink this young, yet it is showing well now. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Gc la Réserve de l'Obédience 2011

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    Only 3,000 bottles of this wine made from the domaines best parcels from Les Blanchots was produced. In fact, it is more likely it is only fractions of parcels, such is the precision of this house. The frank complexity leads to an impressively long finish with light tannins guiding the wines structure as much as its lovely freshness. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Dom. Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin Chablis GC Les Clos 2012

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    This wine juxtaposes opulently ripe pit fruits of white peach and apricot with delicate herbal notes and grapefruit zest. Its massive acidity and light tannins pull the sum of the parts into a feistily structured package. As in all of the wines of this cellar, there is so much refreshment that is is hard not to keep going back to the glass. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis PC Vosgros 2012

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    This wine was my favorite of the visit, despite the fact it was a bit reduced. There was that AND the fact the bottle had been opened nine days before. The textured palate was fascinating to the point I didnt note a single aroma or flavor. Precisely balanced, high acidity pulled the wines moderately textured feel into long finish. 94 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • 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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