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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  • Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2012


    Consistent, clear yellow color. Fairly big oaky nosemelon, vanilla. First taste sensation on the tip of the tongue is butterscotch. Then some melon. Spritziness towards the back of the tongue/palate. Butter bomb, to me. Needs acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I had a Beringer PR Chardonnay 2-3- years ago and really like it.  This one, not as much Oaky butter bomb.  In fact, the initial taste is best described as butterscotch.  I sure hope Mrs. EMark likes this one, because I don't want to drink it, alone. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Newton Chardonnay Unfiltered Napa 2012


    Very nice Napa chard. There's plenty of creamy lemon custard, some caramel, subtle spiceness, decent acidity, some green apple and a medium finish. Fairly well balanced, with nice mouthfeel. Have had the '06 and '09 in the past and seem to remember those vintages having a bit more acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Field Recordings Wonderwall Chardonnay 2014


    This is a lovely wine, period. It has got green apple and a bit of herb on the nose. Herbal tea, lemon and pear grace the palate. Clean, fresh, killer. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Louis Latour Chardonnay Ardeche 2014


    Crisp,inexpensive...worthy of a daily indulgence. Read More

    Wine review by jimmygourmet

  • Carlos Rodriguez Albarino 2013


    Had this after finishing off a lightly oaked Chardonnay... this Albarino had the most amazing cola, vanilla, and nutmeg spice notes that dominated the nose. A light burnished gold color in the glass, almost syrup looking. A very silky and full mouthfeel, with bracing acidity and long finish with notes of cherry, strawberry, and lime. Really rat... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • To say that a vineyard is one of the world's most idyllic man-made refuges ... they lost 15 of their prized chardonnay plants to a pair of mortars which sliced through the sky and landed in their vineyard.The brothers told Samuel they weren't sure from where or from whom the mortars came, but that the random attack didn't deter them.“The situa... Read More

    From the article Syrian Brothers Produce Notable Wines Amid Distance, Danger

  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... Broussard Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay Wishlisted 2 X 2012 Alder Springs Sparkling ChardonnayI have posted several times on this board that I have like every wine I've ever had that was made from Alder Springs grapes.  So, I am disappointed that I was unable to order ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Brut Dargent Rose


    The brut champagne, is great for $12- a steal, I love Veuve Cliquot and other quality champagne but decided to take a gamble on a cheapie. A pleasant surprise, yes I didn't throw it down the drain, I enjoyed it. Go and try this bargain, the word means quality for a lessor price!!!! Read More

    Wine review by Jackie132013

  • Among the vast litany of troubles for the world's billionaire's lies ... tasting began with a pure-Chardonnay Champagne and ended with a 3-liter bottle of Champagne. Theatrics abounded.“As the vibe loosened further, thanks to the 7,900-foot elevation the early hour and the high-octane red wines, Oldman unsheathed a saber,” Hayes wrote. “'What'... Read More

    From the article Drink Like You're Worth a Billion Bucks

  • 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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