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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 2013

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    Wonderful and even better because of the price point. A little vanillin from the oak, sice also. Citrus fruit and a slightly creamy finish combined with an acidic burst give a great mouth feel. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Oh, just remembered some of the class Chardonnay in CA. Definitely worthwhile.-Hanzell-Mount Eden-Stony Hill-Littorai, Heitz Vineyard (though any of them should be nice)The above are all from Northern California...Santa Cruz, Napa, SonomaHowever Santa Barbara in the South does very well with Chardonnay. Most of my experience is with Liquid Farm,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • I think JD is correct when you talk about Cab Sauv. Best is from Napa and you ... and the others can help.Best Chardonnay depends on what you like. You can get virtually every type you want. Ridge, Rombauer, Kistler, Kendall Jackson have defined a particular type of luscious, oaky wine.  For a leaner, brighter style, you can look at I'd look a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is ... ... ... Best Pinot Noirs3 Best Chardonnays3 Best othersIf you can let me know USD price you would expect to pay locally as a guide and if the wine has some worthwhile older vintages throw in for good measureKeep price to under USD100 unless you really think it is w... Read More

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  • With springtime upon us, wine enthusiasts around the world are looking to ... ... to ... famous white (100% Chardonnay) was followed by Hermitage, the famous Syrah (100%) wine from the northern Rhone. Oh, and a glass of Champagne of course!A few beers in St. Emilion’s famous cobbled town square followed by a splendid dinner and we were on our... Read More

    From the article Bordeaux or Bust!


  • I recently had the chance to speak with Craig McAllister, La Crema ... in ... in cooler climate California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. More recently La Crema has helped bring Monterey front and center. Craig calls the area a “sleeping giant” with overwhelming potential. Plans to build out La Crema’s Monterey portfolio are in the works. The labe... Read More

    From the article Ask the Winemaker: La Crema's Craig McAllister


  • Myriad Dr Crane release opened today. Grabbed 2 Dr Cranes and 1 Elysian. Alesia ... ... I don't want mags of Chardonnay or Pinot Noi Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Maison L. Tramier et Fils Mercurey Château Mi-Pont Blanc 2000

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    refreshing with apples and pineapples, and hints of limestone Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Coldstream Hills Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2015

    Snoothrank:

    some herbs on nose; sweet, yet with hints of herbs and oak Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Jean Marc Brocard Chablis 2010

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    chilly nose, with hints of chalk and limestone; refreshing, sweet and savoury at the same time Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 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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