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

  • J Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2016

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    Cool fruit aromas of banana and apricot, creamy vanilla, green apple and light floral perfume. Green apple and cream on the palate on entry with a soft mid palate of melon, light lemon and pear, oak spice, baked apple and crumb cake, finishing a bit bitter with toasted coconut and more oak. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hattingley Brut Rose Hattingley Valley England

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    Chalky, dusty aromas of light wildflower and toast with hints of cherry and strawberry. Pleasant fruit notes of cherry and strawberry on the palate as well, with tart citrus flavor filling in on the mid palate, some mixed berry and a refreshing character throughout. This is lightly floral and finishes clean with a touch of red fruit candy and a ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ridgeview Brut Bloomsbury England

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    Toasted lemon and melon aromas with tightly focused citrus aromas and hints of butterscotch. Bold tingling acidity on the palate with quite tart lemon drop and grapefruit flavors, tart citrus and a toasted, almost smoky almond and oak spice mid palate, finishing with some classic biscuit notes and more zesty citrus acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I spent my first afternoon in Pfalz strolling through the quaint village of ... ... Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay are all seen in portfolios throughout Pfalz. Sadly, not many of these varietals make it to the United States, making Pfalz a vacation must. Pfalz lies within Germany’s Rhineland; however, its climate is less influenced by the Rhin... Read More

    From the article The Must-Visit Wine Region Full of Surprises


  • As a long-time resident of Philadelphia, trips to “Wine Country” ... ... produces one of the best Chardonnays in the Finger Lakes also has a wonderful unoaked Cabernet Franc.On Cayuga Lake, no run-down of the “old guard” would be complete without Swedish Hill (try the Optimus, a Bordeaux blend); Sheldrake Point (who, among many stellar wines, ... Read More

    From the article This world-class wine region was in my backyard.


  • The history of Champagne is fascinating and every House has a tale to tell. How ... ... de Blanc is the home of Chardonnay, the Champagne grape that emphasises the creamy yet crisp Henriot style.Reflecting centuries of winemaking history, Henriot’s Blanc de Blancs NV. is aged for 3 - 5 years and their entry level Souverain NV is aged for 3 yea... Read More

    From the article Uncorking Fall with Champagne


  • Garnier & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sometimes overlooked for its larger and better-known neighbors, the Nahe is ... A blend of Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay grapes from Hermannsberg’s Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) vineyards, the juice was aged in stainless steel tanks and demi-muids and made in the traditional (champenoise) méthode. Complex and vibrant with notes of stone fruits and sali... Read More

    From the article The German Wine Region You've Probably Overlooked


  • Lindeman's Chardonnay Bin 65 South Eastern Australia 2017

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    Binny's August 2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • William Hill Estate Winery Benchland Series Chardonnay Napa Valley 2015

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    Pleasantly floral honey and honeysuckle aromas with green apple and white grape fruit notes. Bold, assertive and hot on the palate with powdered sugar spice, peach and green apple fruit with a finish of cream, butter and hot citrus thats a little bit sharp on the 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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