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

  • Now drinking a Nielson by Byron Chardonnay (2015) and it is excellent - especially for the price - even if price is no option.  (Is it, I wonder?... maybe a philosophical discussion on the Moral Science is forthcoming at some point, but not now).Why?  It was on sale for about 18-19 dollars US which is good up here in the Great White North.  I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Byron Vineyards Nielson By Byron Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2015

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    This old Santa Barbara winery produced a magnificent and delicious medium bodied Chard in 2015. The Stelvin (screwcap) closure helps preserve the freshness; the bouquet is showing development in the bottle with a hint of ginger and cinnamon on a bed of lightly cooked delicious apple. Entry is light with prudent levels of viscosity and a sprinkl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais-Villages Blanc 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.vinatis.co.uk for ... Blanc is made of the chardonnay grape but is not common partly because some communes in Beaujolais have regulations restricting the proportion of white grapes allowed and partly because the Maconnais appellations overlap northern Beaujolais and many producers regard them as... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • If you haven't had wines from Romania, you’re missing out. Big time!I ... the whites, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Riesling Italico - (or Italian Riesling - called Welschriesling in Germany), and Viognier. Rosé wines seem to be very popular in Romania these days (like they are also popular here in ... Read More

    From the article A Trip through the Wines of Romania


  • Franck Decrenisse Coteaux du Lyonnais les Vieilles Vignes 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop on the Isle of Wight ... ... wines made of the gamay and chardonnay grape from 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Massif Central to the west.Franck Decrenisse is a small producer in this area. My bottle is a red wine made from 60 year old gamay vines. I started it last... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • St. Francis Chardonnay 2017

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    Lovely and crisp for a chardonnay without trying so hard to add particular flavors that come off fake.I actually tried this at Sip 'n Paint (The Wine Cellar at the Rio in Las Vegas). Read More

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Francois d'Allaines Bourgogne Cote Chalonnaise Chardonnay 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for £9. ... ... but I have had fruitier chardonnay wines and my overall impresion is of a quite mineral or bland wine. However it did go well with my fi Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • One of my goals for 2019 was to read more of wine books. It's a resolution ... familiar with Cabernet and Chardonnay, but they were chosen because of their ability to resist tropical vine diseases and thrive in the warm, moist climate. Sababay Winery opened its doors (overlooking Saba Bay) in 2012, its website going live at 7 am on July 7th of... Read More

    From the article Yep, there's great wine in Bali.


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur 2015

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    Somewhat more spring water on the palate, with cake spice and vanilla - with a bit thinner backbone than the 2016 at this point (April 2019), but alive; with a sweet sugary vanilla nose, and spiritus flavour dominating entry. A fine wine - if you want spice, spring water purity. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Which western?  I rather liked Warlock (1959) with Fonda, Richard Widmark, ... trend with a Blue Mountain Chardonnay 2016, which did the job, so to speak. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • I like un-oaked Chard and find Toad Hollow to be one of the best for the $$$. 2008 is very good and now sports a screw cap.

    Comment by 519269Fairfield 519269 Fairfield


  • One of the consistently great Califonia Chardonnays over the last almost three decades has been Navarro's Premier Reserve. This wine can still be had for about 20 dollars and since it's inception has been Burgundian in style with Navarro's "deep-end" touch. I would put this wine up against any price bottle but at $20 it blows away anything els...

    Comment by 508589GROC 508589 GROC


  • something with almonds and lemon

    Comment by 492441Smill05 492441 Smill05


  • For years I have been buying your 5 L boxes of Chardonay and Cabernet at Washington DC stores when they are on sale. For the past six months; no sales. When I called to ask why? "Franzia has raised prices too much to have any more sles of the box wines."

    Comment by 503679nflatow 503679 nflatow


  • i was given a bottle of The Rothbury Estate 1991 Cowra Chardonnay. This wine was selected by the house committee of the parliment of NSW. So therefore has it has the parliment of NSW label, can anyone tell me of its value?

    Comment by 498110mich1 498110 mich1


  • i have just been given a bottle of pominio bianco 2003 chardonnay. can anyone give me an estimate on what its worth?

    Comment by 459839bloomfield 459839 bloomfield


  • I am looking for the "old style" Chardonnay. The kind most people don't like these days. Big, bold with creamy oaky long finish. Is there such a thing anymore? I really don't like stainless steel Chardonnay.

    Comment by 425454Dansue 425454 Dansue


  • 2008 reserva del fin del mundo patagonia, argentina

    Comment by 388111KNOLA 388111 KNOLA


  • smooth buttery finish malalactic processed

    Comment by 388111KNOLA 388111 KNOLA


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