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

  • Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay Carneros 2014

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    Lightly yeasty aromas with pleasant oak coming out of the glass with lovely apple and pear fruit with hints of lemon and white blossom. This is wonderfully expressive on the palate with a firm but rich mouthfeel and finely integrated oak notes that are creamy and vanilla. This turns almost smoky towards the finish with notes of caramel and light... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Artesa Single Vineyard Chardonnay Estate Block 92 Carneros 2014

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    Good fresh fruit aromas here with peach and apple notes with a hint of fresh citrus, light smoke and a hint of vanilla. A bit tart in the mouth that quickly turns gently towards apple notes that are quite creamy sloping on to the finish with notes of pleasant toast and wildflower and a hint of light spice adds a nice complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lassen was pretty covered in snow and clouds kept hitting the tops of it, so I ... I ... so growing Cabernet/Chardonnay/SauvBlanc, etc, might be the only chance you have to sell to the weekend drinker.  If you want to get out and market you wines broadly, you need to have the capacity to amortize those costs over more cases, so you need at le... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Carneros 2014

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    Plump green apple and pear fruit aromas with honey glazing and floral notes of wild blossom. This is quite rich and velvety in the mouth with more fresh green apple and baked apple spice, peach, hints of tart lemon and a bit of pineapple thrown in. A well-balanced full, round mouthfeel here with well integrated oak cream bringing up the finish e... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sinnean "Unoaked" Chardonnay 2006

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    Fairly pedestrian as far as "unoaked" chardonnays go. There are several better. One thing I've learned about this style - they need to be well chilled. 48-52 deg F. Really light hay colored in the glass. Apples, melon and pear on the nose. The more moderate notes of pear and melon follow thru. Short aftertaste. Better young - say within 18-24 mo... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Frogs Leap Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009

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    I was blown away by this wine. It may be that others score higher or lower, but I dare say that everyone will agree it's different - oh say pinot grigio different. Rick was the first to say so - I cautiously waited, but except for the lemongrass throughout and small creamy notes on the nose this is totally PG. A golden hay liquid with green melo... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Craggy Range Chardonnay Kidnappers Vineyard 2010

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    An area of New Zealand worth watching that's for sure. It and Central Otago are ... ... associate with classic chardonnay are redefined here, and that's good - for wine and for us. Drink now through 2015 Paul 88 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Celebration Crémant de Loire 2008

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    You start with the price and soon realise that this is excellent value, and as pleasing as many cheaper champagnes. It would be an excellent choice for when you need six bottles for a gathering of some sort. The main quality is the combination of good depth of fruit with a nice refreshing tweak of acidity. The wide scope of attendant flavours of... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by ericvardon


  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... ... Blanc, 28% Semillon, 21% Chardonnay, 8% Melon, 4% Pinot Blanc // 10 bottles remain         Keep, Lost Slough Vineyard, White Blend, Clarksburg 2015 - $18 35% Cortese, 34% Falanghina & 31% Loureiro. I see at least 189 Scrabble points in there somewhere. 18 bo... 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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