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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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Arthur Chardonnay Dundee Hills 2016

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    . Light golden colour. Nose of spiced apple and pear. Fresh snow and vanilla ... medium - commendable for a Chardonnay. 91-9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Bussieres le Monsard 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cave des Vignerons de Buxy Montagny Premier Cru "Les Millieres" 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £17 from the website ... white wines only made of the chardonnay grape from the commune of Montagny des Buxy and three adjacent communes on the Cotes Chalonaise in southern Burgundy.There are no Grand Cru vineyards but 49 Premier Cru.My bottle comes from a large co-operative group.I started my bottle last night ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  •  Sorry about the sideways orientation.  Usually, I can fix that, but ... ... this My kind of Chardonnay.  Not oaky enough for Mrs. EMark, and. probably, too acidic for most other Chardonnay drinker Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard 2016

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    Probably, a higher acid Chardonnay than most people like, but I'm enjoying it. I do get oaky vanilly, but, no question, there is very noticeable lemon pith or, maybe, tart green apple. I might criticize that the wine does not seem to evolve as it moves back. It is what it is. As I said, I like it, but I can see why it might not appeal to all. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Garrett Estate Cellars Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

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    while there is an argument that unoaked chardonnay is a "different" taste experience, one wonders if the Vinter is just trying to save money. this wine just lacked in flavor in all categories and lord only knows what spending time in the oak could have done. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • on California, not doing too much tinkering these days, but have found Enfield ... bottle of the 14' Haynes Chardonnay a while back, and that was an excellent hook, a reminder that truly excellent Chardonnay can be made in California.Have not kept up with Cabernet of late, but interested in trying some Forman and Togni. Of the two, I've heard ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current interesting wine topics


  • Lately I've been interested in learning more about CA regions other than Napa. So I've been tasting quite a bit from producers that don't find their way out east, where it's often easier to get wine from Europe than from the US, at least in NYC.First, I have to give a huge shout out to Bryan Harrington. He's gone around the state and found reall... Read More

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  • Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve Canada 2012

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    Just cracked (or rather, popped) a bottle of Nova Scotia (yes, Nova Scotia) ... 25%, Pinot Meunier 12% and Chardonnay 63%). Some white fruit and citrus on the nose and good effervescence - even after ten minutes in the Champagne flute. Entry is tart, citric and lean - as expected - with a hint of bitters on the finish. Very clean and very cool... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I like what I'm told is referred to a "jammy" wine. One example is Altmura. I know it's not sweet however to me it has somewhat of a sweet taste. Any recommendations of some wine to try?   Read More

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