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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... ... Blanc, Riesling, Muscat,Chardonnay, Sylvaner, a "Götz" white wineRosé wines: Schiller, TrollingerRed wines: Trollinger, Pinot Noir, DornfelderSparkling wine: RieslingI can only speak from my experience and would like to share with you this well-hidden winer... Read More

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  • Thornhill Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2013

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; Opens with Grapefruit and Lemon Butter, more butter and minerality, and then vanilla and baking spice. Nice full and rounded mouthful with balanced acidity and slightly heavy body. Opens up further in the glass with a meaty and oaky finish. Had alone, but think it would be superb with food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Lots of motorsports watching, this weekend.  The DVR was smoking. ... ... finished off that Beringer Chardonnay that she'd opened on Friday.  The Au Contraire is a perfectly functional example from Costco.  Nobody over on Wine Berserkers would be impressed, and I know that impressions are important, but I would not discourage anybody with a Co... Read More

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  • Both of those wines look very nice V V; in fact, I could tell that just by ... ... by ... like EM found a nice Chardonnay too.  I've found myself drinking more white wines lately.  It must be the warm weather.  However, this weekend is made for beer drinking.  Rolling Thunder is coming up tomorrow and we have a big party after the ride at a f... Read More

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  • Thanks to all for the travel info. Hold those thoughts, I'll start another ... another ... Farm Bien Bien chardonnay. This was not your typical chard in that it was pretty big and had some interesting spice thing going on, kind of clove like and touches of butterscotch. Very different than other Liquid Farm chards I've had recently.This Newto... Read More

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  • Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard 2012

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    Lots of apple and melon aromatics. Similar flavors hit the tongue on introduction. The wine does evolve as it passes back. Some hints of mineral mid-palate. Good citric acid mid- to back-palate. Controlled use of oakyou can detect the complexity that it adds, but this is no butter-bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County 2013

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    Full and rich on the nose with green apple, Meyer lemon and vanilla wrapped in rolled oats. In the mouth it's smooth and creamy, full of green apple, kiwi and lemon flavors with puckering acidity on the sides of the palate and a touch of cream on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We are enjoying reheated turkey from a dish Sandra cooked on the 1st of January ... ... I selected the Repris Chardonnay that was chilling in the fridge for the past week.  Very nice too.  That hanging basket of flowers is from Sandra's mother for Sandra to celebrate Mother's Day.&nbs Read More

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  • Poplar Grove Chardonnay 2014

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    This edition of the PG Chardonnay is redolent of an acidic tropical fruit such as pineapple plus some sweet pear notes. The 2014 vintage was above average shows it with good density and body with just a dollop of sweetness. There is orange rind on the finish which adds a somewhat spicey element, but this might diminish in a year or so, as it i... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • It's a bit of a schlep from Carmel/Monterey up to Ridge and Mt. Eden. ... ... ... & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay. A while ago I posted on a Ramey that sourced Chardonnay grapes from Hyde.  Actually, I raved.  This is another winner-winner.  Light on the fruit and light on the oak yields a wine that introduces apples and melons to the tip of t... 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?

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  • 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

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  • 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...

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  • What does VC mean as the tag for Sterling Chardonnay?

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  • 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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