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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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From the walled vineyard right in front of the Château inside the village of Puligny-Montrachet, this over-achieving Bourgogne Blanc is stellar year in and year out. It definitely shows the floral and mineral notes in the nose that make the village famous. Good length and buttery, citrus fruit make… ...
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Ch. de Puligny-Montrachet Bourgogne Blanc Clos du Chateau 2016  (#333785)

Chardonnay from Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

From the walled vineyard right in front of the Château inside the village of Puligny-Montrachet, this over-achieving Bourgogne Blanc is stellar year in and year out. It definitely shows the floral and mineral notes in the nose that make the village…

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98 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): My favorite of the Adrianna whites... It has a combination of mineral notes that transmit a serious sensation with hints of flowers, spices and herbs that show in a very subtle way. The palate is liquid chalk, with sharp and pungent flavors, nicely textured.… ...
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Catena Zapata Chardonnay Uco Valley Adrianna Vyd White Stones 2016  (#702194)

Chardonnay from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

98 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): My favorite of the Adrianna whites... It has a combination of mineral notes that transmit a serious sensation with hints of flowers, spices and herbs that show in a very subtle way. The palate is liquid chalk…

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98 points James Suckling: This is really amazing with an exotic dried-fruit character of pineapple and mangoes. Full-bodied, rich and fruity with cream, pie-crust and caramel character. Crazy chardonnay with a little Jura style and some flor undertones. It really does have flor in the barrel when… ...
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Aleanna Chardonnay El Enemigo Uco Valley 2016  (#702088)

Chardonnay from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

98 points James Suckling: This is really amazing with an exotic dried-fruit character of pineapple and mangoes. Full-bodied, rich and fruity with cream, pie-crust and caramel character. Crazy chardonnay with a little Jura style and some flor…

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96 points Tim Atkin, MW: Folatières’ position at the same level on the slope as Chevalier-Montrachet is a clue to the way it often tastes in the right hands. This comes from a parcel that the Drouhins have purchased for 40 years and it’s a stunning wine in 2014, showing pear and orange peel notes, a… ...
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Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Folatieres 2014  (#332252)

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

96 points Tim Atkin, MW: Folatières’ position at the same level on the slope as Chevalier-Montrachet is a clue to the way it often tastes in the right hands. This comes from a parcel that the Drouhins have purchased for 40 years and it’s a stunning…

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High-toned tropical notes on the nose with lush flavors of a juicy apples, fresh white guavas and ripe apricots. On the palate, the acidity is vibrant and dances perfectly well with flavors of fleshy stone fruits that lead into a creamy finish. Barrel aged in neutral Burgundy oak for 10 months.… ...
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Smith Story Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2015  (#331788)

Chardonnay from South Coast, California

High-toned tropical notes on the nose with lush flavors of a juicy apples, fresh white guavas and ripe apricots. On the palate, the acidity is vibrant and dances perfectly well with flavors of fleshy stone fruits that lead into a creamy finish.…

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94 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged just over a year in French oak (75% new). It holds… ...
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Shafer Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2016  (#332543)

Chardonnay from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

94 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a perennially impressive wine, floral in a heady perfume of white roses. Fresh and fleshy, the expansive palate offers concentrated flavors of kiwi and pineapple. The wine was largely fermented in oak, then aged…

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93 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 90-93 points and 'Sweet spot/Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A slightly more layered nose offers an interesting lemon-lime character on the acacia blossom and green apple aromas. There is terrific punch and intensity to the laser-like flavors that are… ...
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Lamy/Hubert St-Aubin 1er cru Derriere Chez Edouard 2016  (#333559)

Chardonnay from St.-Aubin, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

93 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 90-93 points and 'Sweet spot/Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A slightly more layered nose offers an interesting lemon-lime character on the acacia blossom and green apple aromas. There is terrific punch…

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91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from vines between 45 and 75 years of age): Light-medium yellow. Very precise nose dominated by iodiney minerality. Very concentrated, fine-grained and firm, conveying a youthful austerity to its savory peach and mineral flavors. Really spreads out to saturate… ...
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Bonhomme/Andre Vire-Clesse Cuvee Speciale 2016  (#702065)

Chardonnay from Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from vines between 45 and 75 years of age): Light-medium yellow. Very precise nose dominated by iodiney minerality. Very concentrated, fine-grained and firm, conveying a youthful austerity to its savory peach…

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96-99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): CIX stands for '109' as this block, planted in 2008 to Montrachet clones, was originally called 'parcel 109' when they purchased it. The 2017 Chardonnay CIX Estate has an incredibly intense nose of lemon peel, green mango, fresh pears and powdered… ...
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Aubert Chardonnay Sonoma Coast CIX Vineyard 2017  (#334000)

Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

96-99 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): CIX stands for '109' as this block, planted in 2008 to Montrachet clones, was originally called 'parcel 109' when they purchased it. The 2017 Chardonnay CIX Estate has an incredibly intense nose of…

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95 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Tyler's 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - W Block is just as compelling from bottle as it was from tank last year. Soaring aromatics and intense fruit are two of the signatures, but it is the wine's overall balance that elevates it to the realm of the finest… ...
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Tyler Chardonnay Santa Maria Bien Nacido Vineyard Block W 2015  (#331075)

Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California

95 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): Tyler's 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - W Block is just as compelling from bottle as it was from tank last year. Soaring aromatics and intense fruit are two of the signatures, but it is the wine's overall…

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95 points Lisa Perotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir opens out to bold notions of tropical fruits, ripe nectarines and pink grapefruit with hints of crushed rocks, white blossoms and cedar plus wafts of fresh ginger and yuzu zest. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is very… ...
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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Mon Plaisir 2016  (#333184)

Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

95 points Lisa Perotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir opens out to bold notions of tropical fruits, ripe nectarines and pink grapefruit with hints of crushed rocks, white blossoms and cedar plus wafts of fresh ginger and yuzu…

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94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Fine pale colour, the nose has quite an exotic richness, coupled with the oak. Impressive density of white fruit, this really has volume, some peach notes show the maturity but it is not excessive and there is enough acidity at the back. He finds a little touch of… ...
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Bouchard Meursault 1er cru Gouttes d'Or 2017  (#334031)

Chardonnay from Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Fine pale colour, the nose has quite an exotic richness, coupled with the oak. Impressive density of white fruit, this really has volume, some peach notes show the maturity but it is not excessive and there is enough…

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