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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  • Yep, I think you got it.  If the wine has good Premier Cru perfume (and ... promise - barring, perhaps Chardonnay as yet.  I would stack up the 2015 Rathjen Cellars (about 30 dollars US) against any regular, but superior, Burgundy - even many with commune appellations (especially in the southern appellations such as the Cote Chalonnaise).  Onc... Read More

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  • Enjoyed y’all discussions of Pinot I am having a big problem with the ... also believe the same about Chardonnay don’t like those that have been oaked. All of the above maybe because of age and damaged taste bu Read More

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  • Harvest 'Grower Cooperative' Adelaide Hills Australia Chardonnay 2017

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    While this was Lightly oaked, it was enough to keep it pleasant and interesting Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chateau Villars Fontaine le Rouard Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Monthelie Leglise et Fils 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk for £6.50. ... wines,made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively,from the commune of that name on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy. This commune is fairly small with only 300 acres under vine,no grand cru vineyards and 15 premier cru vineyards although my bottle is only a vil... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vina Ventisquero Tara Atacama Chardonnay 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Z, bummer about not easily getting Bedrock, one of the best finds I've ... ... home for you was this Vidon Chardonnay from Willamette that we had this evening.  We visited this winery last time we were out to see our son and D-I-L.  Nice family owned operation, decent wine at a reasonable price.  The owner (whom we met) worked at NASA as well ... Read More

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  • Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes Cotes du Jura Domaine Quillot 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on offer at ... ... unusual flavour from the chardonnay grape,but I enjoyed it and it was a good match for the fis Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • L'Acadie Vineyards Vintage Cuvee 2016

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    Using two hybrids (L'Acadie Blanc, and Seyval) as well as Chardonnay, the blend exudes a fragrant, honeyed nose with a hint of buttered toast or, perhaps, brioche. Effervescence is continuous for at least 15 minutes, is pale yellow in the glass and has a slightly cleansing acidity on entry that is very pleasing to the palate with citrus, honey ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Don't know if anyone saw the most recent issue of Wine Spectator - November ... ... to compete with top US Chardonnays and Burgundy. You can find some truly enjoyable, crisp Chardonnay in CA for $40 and for even less than that in the Mâcon.But it's good that the wines are getting some more recognition. They certainly deserve i 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?

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  • 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 ?

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  • I'm visiting the Carneros region. Would appreciate any suggestions for wineries with nice oak chards. Thanks.

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  • 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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