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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • You know the scene. He walks into the wine bar, orders a glass of Macon ... de ... de Beaune it's simply Chardonnay for the whites and Pinot Noir for the reds but, when it comes to the appellations, (the names and pecking order of the wines), things aren't so straightforward. Mind you, it's certainly not as complicated as many would have us be... Read More

    From the article A Stroll through Burgundy


  • Roserock By Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2015

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    Tangerine peel and fresh apple aromas with touches of lemon and honeysuckle on the nose. Smooth, silky textured yet still assertive on the palate, this brings crisp apple and lemon fruit flavors to the fore, sustaining for quite a while before yielding to a short honeyed oats and creamy vanilla finish. 92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros Napa 2015

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    Wine review by 2150556ShanonDean 2150556 ShanonDean


  • Rombauer Chardonnay 3 2015

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    Wine review by 2150556ShanonDean 2150556 ShanonDean


  • Flora Springs Family Select Chardonnay 2016

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    Lemon cream and butterscotch aromas with gentle floral notes and baking spice. Smooth and velvety on entry with vanilla and brioche notes to start, developing more towards citrus and apple fruit on the palate and releasing a refreshing zesty lemon acidity on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • The big difference in losing that buttery flavor that you describe is what GREG ... was first really noticed in chardonnay as the use of new oak, French or American, became restricted or wasn't used at all in California.  Actually, I miss those.Now to those that have that sensitivity to it, which it seems that you and your seem to have, the los... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My search for a Red


  • Pretty good CA Chardonnay I've enjoyed this bottling in years past.  This one is right in the same groove.  Reasonable (for California) application of oak.  Flavors on the tip of the tongue of peach, kiwi, and, maybe, caramel, but the lemony acid is what wins me over.  As a red wine bigot, I'll never be seduced over to the Chardonnay side, but i... Read More

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


  • Barnett Vineyards Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard 2014

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    Easy to detect oak-induced butter on the nose. However, on the tongue, worries ... ... Generally, the kind of Chardonnay I enjoy. I agree that this is, certainly, not a long ager, but it is, currently, nowhere near a downward slop Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Auteur Chardonnay Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2008

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    Very stark. No fruit at all. Tart. Only slightly oxidized. Probably over the hill. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Well, I did it again.I went to Total Wines on a prvisioning expedition. ... ... for me (2) stock up on some Chardonnays for Mrs. EMark and (3) pick up some wine for b-i-l as compensation for his performing some  catsitting services for us in the next few weeks.So, while in the Chardonay section doing a great job of achieving goals (2) and (3) ... Read More

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


  • 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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