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

  • The Insignia was drinkable and fun.  Only b-i-l tried it with me. ... ... moved on to their Various Chardonnays.  Once I saw the cork, I knew there was trouble.  The wine actually still had a bit of fruit, but it was pretty tart and a bit oxidized.  I diid drink a glass and a half, but it was going downhill fast.  So, I quit on it.  My guess i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines

  • J Lohr Chardonnay Estates Riverstone 2013


    The 2013 Riverstone is quite underwhelming. Very little fruit is to be found, the nose is mostly oak, dilute tasting. Good acid though. Years ago, J. Lohr had some really nice Riverstone Chards. Something has changed here. My rating-- 72. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Von Strasser Vineyards Chardonnay Diamond Mountain 2000


    Interesting dirty, viney nose that does not cause much anticipation. However, it opens on the tongue with a very pleasant introduction of currant, and, maybe, black cherry fruit. On passing mid-palate, there is still quite a tannic kick, here. What is lacking, Im sad to report, is an acid backbone. This might be a Pinot Noir lovers idea of a ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • We'll be bringing a bottle of white (2012 Domaine Serene Chardonnay - Evenstad Reserve) and a bottle of red 2009 (Domaine Serene Pinot Noir - Yamhill Cuvee) from our cellar over to Sandra's folks house for a big Thanksgiving feast this afternoon.  These wines are from the Willamette Valley in Oregon of course.  Usually Sandra cooks the turkey at... Read More

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  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Chardonnay Reserve 2012


    The talented Jeff Martin makes this delicious Chard in a (rather) Cali style - ... being the gentle northern Chardonnay being a teeny bit overpowered by the oak masking. Still, this may be a small point to many. 90 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be ... ... ... but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.&nbs Read More

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  • Smoking Loon Chardonnay Unoaked Steelbird 2013


    drinkable chardonnay. not oak-y Read More

    Wine review by sundial

  • One nursery in New Zealand is trying to make the grape harvest a little easier ... ... Blanc, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.  The New Zealand Winegrwoers Grafted Grapevine Standards (GGS), most recently updated in June of this year, states that GGS standards include a variety of checks, including certified training, documentation, adherence to doc... Read More

    From the article Kiwi Nursery Sees Spike In Tall Orders

  • Byron Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2013


    Medium intensity aromas of lemon, pear, and toast. Crisp apple flavors show first on the palate, with tangerine, pineapple and lemon following behind. Smooth and clean, it's definitely a dry wine but with some perceived sweetness because of the fresh acidity, warm climate fruit and the vanilla notes of the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Yalumba Unwooded Chardonnay Y Series 2013


    Medium intensity aromas of pear, green apple and lemon. In the mouth there's refreshing acidity and notes of of green apple, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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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