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Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy region of eastern France, but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy entry into the international wine market. A peak in popularity in the late 1980s gave way to a backlash among those wine connoisseurs who saw the grape as a leading negative component of the globalization of wine. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most widely planted grape varieties worldwide. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from stainless steel and concrete fermentations to new oak barrel fermentions, from zero malo-lactic seconardy fermentation to full malo-lactic fermentation. Climate and topography also play decisive roles in the style of the wines.

Chardonnay is the dominant white grape in Burgundy. In addition to Chablis, Chardonnay is found in the Côte d'Or (largely in the Côte de Beaune), as well as the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais. The apex of Chardonnay is found in the grands crus — Montrachet, Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, and Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, as well as Charlemagne, Corton-Charlemagne, and Le Musigny. In addition to being the most expensive, the Burgundy examples of Chardonnay were long considered the benchmark standard of expressing terroir through Chardonnay. The Montrachets are noted for their high alcohol levels, often above 13%, as well as deep concentration of flavors. The vineyards around Chassagne-Montrachet tend to produce wines that have a characteristic hazelnut aroma to them, while those of Puligny-Montrachet have more steely flavors. Both grand cru and premier cru examples from Corton-Charlemagne have been known to demonstrate marzipan, while Meursault wines tend to be the most round and plush examples. Well-made examples of white Burgundy from the Côte d'Or need at least three years in the bottle to develop enough to express the aromas and character of the wine. South of the Côte d'Or are the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais wine regions. The villages of Mercurey and Rully are the most prominent producers of Chardonnay in the Côte Chalonnaise, with the best-made examples rivaling those of the Côte de Beaune. In the Mâconnais, the full-bodied wines of the Pouilly-Fuissé have long held cult wine status with prices that can rival the grand cru white burgundies, while the elegant, mineral-driven wines of Viré-Clessé are gaining increasing recognition.

Chardonnay is the only permitted grape in the Chablis AOC. The region's famous Kimmeridgian limestone soils give the wines their trademark austerity and racy vibrance. The French describe this soil as argilo-calcaire, a composition of clay, limestone, and fossilized oyster shells. The most expensive examples of Chardonnay from Chablis come from the seven Grand Cru vineyards — Blanchots, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur, and Vaudésir. The wines from these crus most often capture the goût de pierre à fusil or "gunflint" quality that is characteristic of Chablis wine. The Chardonnay made in the Chablis region is one of the "purest" expressions of the varietal character of the grape due to the simplistic style of winemaking favored in this region. Chablis winemakers want to emphasise the terroir of the calcareous soil and cooler climate that help maintain high acidity. The wines rarely go through malolactic fermentation or oak treatment (though its use is increasing).

In Champagne, Chardonnay is one of three major grape varieties. In the Côte des Blancs (white slope) district, Chardonnay thrives on the chalk soil. The three main villages around the Côte grow Chardonnay that emphasizes certain characteristics that the Champagne producers seek depending on their house style. The village of Avize grows grapes that produce the lightest wines, Cramant makes the most aromatic, and Mesnil produces wines with the most acidity. The Côte des Blancs is the only district in the Champagne region predominately planted with Chardonnay, which accounts for its reputation as the finest of Blanc de Blancs wines in the region. Chardonnay grapes in Champagne rarely attain full ripeness due to the low annual mean temperature of the region. Therefore, the Chardonnay grapes do not fully develop their fruit flavors, and the still wines of Champagne are typically so lean and acidic as to be undrinkable. Consequently, the element in Chardonnay that Champagne wine-makers look for is the finesse and balance of acidity that it brings to the blend. Some flavors that can emerge, particularly with extended time on its lees, include creamy and nuttiness with some floral notes.

Chardonnay in the New World is indisputably defined by the California style, which focuses on advanced ripening and densely concentrated fruit profiles, all of which are often enhanced by full malolactic fermentation and aging in new oak barrels. These practices, especially as expressed in Napa Valley versions of Chardonnay, give the wines their characteristic highly alcoholic butter and vanilla profiles that made them so widely popular with US consumers over the past three decades. However, recent years have seen a shift toward more nuanced, balanced expressions from the state's cooler AVAs, such as Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, and Sonoma Coast. Producers throughout the New World have repeatedly tried their hands at Chardonnay cultivation with mixed results. Some of the most successful projects have emerged in other cool-climate regions, such as Margaret River in Western Australia, and the Western Cape regions of South Africa. New World Chardonnay as a whole is characterized by tropical and tree fruit profiles, noticeably lacking in the strident minerality and indicators of terroir so commonly found in Old World styles from France.

Thanks to its fairly neutral palate, Chardonnay provides a canvas for winemakers all over the world to practice their techniques to varying results, which explains its role as a cornerstone varietal of the white wine world.

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96 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...displays a discreet bouquet that needs its time to open up. It's pretty reductive at this early stage (March 2018). The attack on the palate is racy and fresh, and the wine is filigreed and precise, very clear and fresh in the well-structured finish.… ...
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Prum/JJ Riesling Auslese Bernkasteler Lay GK 2016  (#330465)

Dessert Wine from Mosel, Germany

96 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...displays a discreet bouquet that needs its time to open up. It's pretty reductive at this early stage (March 2018). The attack on the palate is racy and fresh, and the wine is filigreed and precise,…

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90-93 points and 'Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from 40+ year old vines from a huge 2.5 ha parcel in Genevrières Dessus). Naturally exotic aromas are composed of Asian-style tea and the essence of pear and acacia blossom. The middle weight flavors possess both a finer mouth feel as well… ...
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Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er cru Genevieres 2016  (#333905)

Chardonnay from Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

90-93 points and 'Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from 40+ year old vines from a huge 2.5 ha parcel in Genevrières Dessus). Naturally exotic aromas are composed of Asian-style tea and the essence of pear and acacia blossom. The middle…

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97 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...super deep, intense and precise on the nose where flinty/stony notes and very fine (and slightly spicy) raisin and grapefruit aromas are displayed. Rich, lush and super sexy on the palate, with highly delicate but intense and persistent fruit and very… ...
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Prum/JJ Riesling Auslese Graacher Himmelreich GK 2016  (#330466)

Dessert Wine from Mosel, Germany

97 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): ...super deep, intense and precise on the nose where flinty/stony notes and very fine (and slightly spicy) raisin and grapefruit aromas are displayed. Rich, lush and super sexy on the palate, with highly…

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91-94 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright medium yellow. Aromas of yellow fruits, minerals and flowers, plus a hint of reduction. Conveys an impression of density without weight, with terrific acid tension giving the flavors of citrus fruits, flowers and spicy oak a sharply chiseled character in… ...
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Girardin/Vincent Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Folatieres 2017  (#334445)

Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright medium yellow. Aromas of yellow fruits, minerals and flowers, plus a hint of reduction. Conveys an impression of density without weight, with terrific acid tension giving the flavors of citrus fruits,…

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93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Beautiful clear pale lemon. The nose shows some classy fruit without much detail as yet. Gracious and elegant, white fruit for the most part with some yellow plum notes at the edges. Complete and balanced, long and fine, but also succulent and accessible. (Jan 2018) ...
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Colin/Marc Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Champs Gain 2016  (#334989)

Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Beautiful clear pale lemon. The nose shows some classy fruit without much detail as yet. Gracious and elegant, white fruit for the most part with some yellow plum notes at the edges. Complete and balanced, long and fine,…

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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Chardonnay River Block was barrel fermented and spent 9 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a medium gold color as well as a classic, gorgeously layered bouquet of ripe orchard fruits, caramelized citrus, brioche, and spice. Deep, full-bodied, powerful and… ...
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Rochioli Chardonnay Russian River Valley River Block Vineyard 2016  (#334820)

Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Chardonnay River Block was barrel fermented and spent 9 months in 30% new French oak. It offers a medium gold color as well as a classic, gorgeously layered bouquet of ripe orchard fruits, caramelized citrus, brioche,…

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94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2015 Chardonnay River Block is classy, understated and polished. Ripe apricot, honey, chamomile, mint and lightly buttered notes are some of the signatures. This is an especially nuanced, finessed Russian River Chardonnay, with all the elements in the right… ...
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Rochioli Chardonnay Russian River Valley River Block Vineyard 2015  (#332136)

Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

94 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2015 Chardonnay River Block is classy, understated and polished. Ripe apricot, honey, chamomile, mint and lightly buttered notes are some of the signatures. This is an especially nuanced, finessed Russian River…

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91-94 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (aging in 25% new oak): Pale-medium yellow. Subtly perfumed nose combines lemon drop, nectarine, mirabelle and hazelnut. Strong and sappy but smooth as well, showing lovely fruit intensity and depth. A firm mineral underpinning contributes to the wine's… ...
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Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er cru Charmes 2017  (#335011)

Chardonnay from Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (aging in 25% new oak): Pale-medium yellow. Subtly perfumed nose combines lemon drop, nectarine, mirabelle and hazelnut. Strong and sappy but smooth as well, showing lovely fruit intensity and depth. A firm…

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92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The nose delivers a fine constellation of apple, pear, a touch of fresh almond, lovely minerality, just a whisper of the pastry cream to come with bottle age and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and… ...
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Fontaine-Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Clos des Murees 2016  (#333906)

Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The nose delivers a fine constellation of apple, pear, a touch of fresh almond, lovely minerality, just a whisper of the pastry cream to come with bottle age and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the…

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91-94 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright lemon-yellow. Highly aromatic, expressive aromas and flavors of yellow peach, ripe citrus fruits, flowers and spices, with a hint of orange juice emerging with air; less obviously oaky than the Chalumeaux. Quite silky and fine-grained, with harmonious… ...
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Pernot/Paul Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Clos des Folatieres 2017  (#334638)

Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

91-94 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright lemon-yellow. Highly aromatic, expressive aromas and flavors of yellow peach, ripe citrus fruits, flowers and spices, with a hint of orange juice emerging with air; less obviously oaky than the Chalumeaux.…

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94 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chardonnay Sweetwater vineyard sings of fresh ginger, baking bread, popcorn and toasted almonds over warm apricots, Bosc pears and musk melon scents. Full-bodied, richly fruit and with an opulent oiliness to the texture, it delivers great… ...
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Rochioli Chardonnay Russian River Valley Sweetwater Vineyard 2016  (#334821)

Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

94 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chardonnay Sweetwater vineyard sings of fresh ginger, baking bread, popcorn and toasted almonds over warm apricots, Bosc pears and musk melon scents. Full-bodied, richly fruit and with an…

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95 points James Suckling: Lemon curd and mint on the nose. Stunning combination of concentration and brilliant acidity with wave after wave of spice and minerals at the long, super-clean finish. Better from 2019, but this is a long term wine that needs a lot longer than that to reach its peak. (6/7… ...
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Schaefer/Willi Riesling Auslese Graacher Domprobst #14 2016  (#329522)

Riesling from Mosel, Germany

95 points James Suckling: Lemon curd and mint on the nose. Stunning combination of concentration and brilliant acidity with wave after wave of spice and minerals at the long, super-clean finish. Better from 2019, but this is a long term wine that…

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