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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  • Lido Bay's Seven Seas Chardonnay 2011

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    2011 vintage. Interesting Santa Barbara chard from Lido Bay Winery. This pours out a rich gold color and has lots of apricot and honey on the nose. On the palate there's more grilled apricot, honey, a touch of oak, and a bit of lemon zest on the back end. This has a bit of thickness in the mouth with medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Sandra celebrated her '100 days until retirement' last night in style. ... white wine each, sampling a Chardonnay and an Oregon white blend (34% Gewurztraminer, 27% Riesling, 26% Pinot Gris, 10% Pinot Blanc and 3% Muscat) called Jezebel.  Feeling no pain at this point, we still had about 60 minutes until the movie started so we stopped in at a... Read More

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  • Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2013

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    just ok; decent price but nothing outstanding Read More

    Wine review by noaer


  • Cloud Break Chardonnay 2012

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    Wine review by tpcello7


  • Mirassou Chardonnay 2013

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  • Once again a tremendously interesting essay from Greg.I have ask, though, Greg ... ... of at least one domestic Chardonnay (I'm sure there are others.) which is not allowed to proceed to ML fermentation, and I have consistenly liked that one.Also, of course, for taking the time to compose a very interesting essa Read More

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  • You beat me to it, GregT ;-)  Was in editor as you were typing :-)  Read More

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  • Emark - you are quite correct.Sorry!I was thinking of diacetyl and acetoin and just typed acetic acid. And didn't proof read.Malolactic fermentation is the conversion of malic acid to lactic acid.You want to prevent too much accumulation of acetic acid - that's going to give you vinegar. It's the citric acid that converts to those three things -... Read More

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  • Hi Lefty,OK, calling GREGT!!!  He would be just the guy to get into the ... ... the intricate details of Chardonnay fermentation/aging.  Maybe he'll even get into sur lie aging!   But basically, some Chards start fermentation in SS, and then are finished in oak barrels.  Several factors figure in to how much "oakiness" will impart to the wine-... Read More

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  • James it's not an elementary question. Originally oak barrels were used for ... wine.As I mentioned before, Chardonnay on its own is kind of insipid, or as D says, malleable. In other words, it doesn't impose its own personality but and responds really well to some kind of manipulation. So people figured out that if they stirred up the sediment... 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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