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

  • EM - So how did that Pinot Noir pair with the grilled mushroom and sandwich? ... three (Muscadet, Sancerre, Chardonnay - Bourgundy, and then I had another Sancerre with my lobster while Sandra tried the sake with her 'big-eyed raw tuna'.  Afterward we each had a scotch (Lagavulin 16 for Sandra, Basil Hayden Burbon for me) before double-espress... Read More

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  • House Wine Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012

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    Creamy vanilla and green apple notes on the nose. Nicely fruit forward in the mouth, with peach, melon and green apple flavors and nice medium plus acidity. Velvety in the mouth and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Carmenere Carmenere great value hard to sell, the Mondavi is a standard the Cab ... one, very popular, and that Chardonnay is always on poi Read More

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  • Evolution 19th Edition

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    Sokol Blosser is known for its Dundee OR Pinot Noir, but the blends are ... ... ... such as Muller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and a host of others. The flavour tends to pear, peach and lychee - possibly suggestive of a goodly portion of Gewurztraminer. Fun stuff and good value. 87+ poin Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Monthelie 1er Cru Sur la Velle Eric Boigelot 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... made from pinot noir and chardonnay respectively from the commune of that name.This commune has a surface area of less than 1.5 square miles and has only 300 acres under vine.There are no grand cru vineyards but there are 15 premier cru one of which is 'Sur la Velle ' where the family business o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • It's always useful to read winemaker notes when you want to understand differences between product from different wineries, or even different products from the same winery.Aside from issues on the palate, RS can be a problem if you haven't removed undead yeast cells, for example, that can then walk about and burst to life upon consuming their fa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unfiltered Chardonnay?


  • I wonder how the 2009 Newton's Unfiltered Chard is tasting these days?So ... ... of the barrel, why does Chardonnay then benefit from stirring on the lees, adding tannin to make the subsequent racking/fining more effective, while adding more complexity to the wine? Why are RS and Lactic Acid such a problem for Chardonnay? How do wineries like... Read More

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  • For something a little less apple-y, try the (even less expensive) subsidiary ... ... Spanish white, some Cali chardonnay for the folks who need that kind of thing.  Nothing was over $15 a bottle, and everyone thought it was just about perfect for a summer afternoon outdoor wedding with paella for dinner/late lunch.  Of course there was sparkl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Sparkling Matchup


  • Kershaw Chardonnay Elgin 2014

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    Heavy oak and toast up front with green apple notes in the nose. Very fresh in the mouth and medium full, with round green apple and peach fruit, some lemon coming in towards the finish and a lot more butter vanilla and oak mellowing out the acidity towards the finish. Nicely spiced and zesty. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Had a fun tasting matchup, another in the series of helping a young couple pick out their wedding wines. Schramsberg was my first thought, but I think they may have balked at the price (our local has a great deal @ $27), so we went ahead and set up a tasting along with a Roederer Estate, which sells closer to the $20 level.Started out with the R... 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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