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

  • Elizabeth Spencer Rutherford Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011

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    Bright with grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Vendange Chardonnay 2011

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    The Chardonnay is a great "everyday" wine. It is dry with a hint of oak. Most guests think it is a more expensive wine.... I pour it in a wine canister! ;) Read More

    Wine review by cwinters918


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    Clean, clear and well made, this wine is a classic expression of Chardonnay. Peach, apricot and cream aromas are medium in their intensity. The palate opens up bold and inviting, with powerful white grape and peach flavors, a good dose of fresh acidity to drive the palate, and a finish of bold fruit and creamy oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Crossbarn By Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013

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    This unfined bottling provides a more raw look at Chardonnay, and it doesn't disappoint. Intriguing aromas of peach, melon and lemon. Palate still has a bit of dissolved carbon dioxide, giving a bit of lift to the wine. It's creamy and yeasty, with peach, lemon zest and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Duckhorn Vineyards Chardonnay Sonoma County Decoy 2012

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    Herbal peach aromas with a hint of fennel. Flavors are full and rich, cream and peach flavors mingle with a bit of apricot, honeysuckle and a touch of golden raisins on the medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Drouhin Saint-Veran 2012

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    Excellent chardonnay from Drouhin - Burgundy. Lemon cream, key lime, slate, minerality, a bit of saline and a good bite of acidity. Not overly complex or deep but a nice, mouth watering chard from a great producer. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection 2012

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    Pale gold color and light aromas of baked apple and pear, hints of caramel and cream. Full and round in the mouth, enveloping and velvety textures with more apple, lemon, pear and fresh acidity. The finish is elegant and hints at an autolytic, yeasty quality that is warmly pleasant at the end of a fantastic bottle. Well crafted wine with all of ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winemakers are fascinated by its diversity, winegrowers love its transparency, ... ... Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in the Willamette Valley. At one time, Riesling was nearly a quarter of the total wine production here in Oregon, but now it accounts for just 5 percent - other varietals like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot ... Read More

    From the article Oregon's Riesling Revival


  • Stickybeak Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2010

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    Fairly mediocre chardonnay for Russian River. A bit over oaked, kind of flat and flabby with little to no minerality or verve. Was hoping for a bargain but to no avail, probably just past its prime, may need to find a more recent vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2012

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    Nose broadcasts oaky, vanilla, melon hints. On the tongue, most of that is confirmed. Strong fruitinessagain, melon with some tropical fruits and, maybe some stone fruitsgive the wine an almost sweet characteristic. There is some acid detected on the back of the throat which saves this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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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