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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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91 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Chablis has a fresh, what you might call transparent bouquet with impressive mineralité for a Village Cru. The palate is well balanced and intense, just the right amount of bitterness that lends tension, dovetailing into a vibrant, malic, energetic… ...
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Seguinot-Bordet Chablis 2017  (#333056)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 91 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Chablis has a fresh, what you might call transparent bouquet with impressive mineralité for a Village Cru. The palate is well balanced and intense, just the right amount of bitterness that lends tension, dovetailing into a vibrant, malic, energetic finish that is very impressive and delicious. Excellent. Tasted blind at the BIVB Chablis tasting. Drink: 2018-2025. (Aug 2018) ] 91 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Chablis has a fresh, what you might call transparent bouquet with impressive mineralité for a Village Cru. The palate is well balanced and intense, just the right amount of bitterness that lends tension…

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95 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A ripe but cool nose is comprised by notes of honeysuckle, white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is an ultra-refined mouth feel and excellent volume to the saliva-inducing and intense medium weight plus flavors that possess stunningly good… ...
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Boillot/Henri Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet 2014  (#329023)

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

[ 95 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A ripe but cool nose is comprised by notes of honeysuckle, white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is an ultra-refined mouth feel and excellent volume to the saliva-inducing and intense medium weight plus flavors that possess stunningly good complexity on the hugely long and beautifully well-balanced finale. This is a textbook BBM of class and grace that should also age effortlessly for year. Drink: 2026+. (Jun 2016) ] 95 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): A ripe but cool nose is comprised by notes of honeysuckle, white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is an ultra-refined mouth feel and excellent volume to the saliva-inducing and intense…

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90+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright, light yellow. A bit more exotic on the nose than the basic Viré-Clessé, offering scents of peach, truffle and vanilla. A step up in intensity on the palate, with ripe peach, orange zest and lemon flavors energized by saline minerality. A distinctly more… ...
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Bonhomme/Andre Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#332669)

Chardonnay from Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

[ 90+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright, light yellow. A bit more exotic on the nose than the basic Viré-Clessé, offering scents of peach, truffle and vanilla. A step up in intensity on the palate, with ripe peach, orange zest and lemon flavors energized by saline minerality. A distinctly more robust style of wine than the entry-level bottling, and ultimately less about fruit. Finishes firm and long, with lovely cut and lemony precision... Bonhomme told me that his minimum for 'vieilles vignes' is 60 years. 2019-2024. ] 90+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright, light yellow. A bit more exotic on the nose than the basic Viré-Clessé, offering scents of peach, truffle and vanilla. A step up in intensity on the palate, with ripe peach, orange zest and lemon flavors…

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88 points Wine Enthusiast: Broad aromas of yellow pear and nectarine meld with hints of butter and gunmetal on the nose. There is decent tension to the palate, where Bosc pear and Gravenstein apple flavors arise. Alcohol 13.5%. (Aug 2018) ...
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Clos LaChance Chardonnay Monterey County 2016  (#330135)

Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California

[ 88 points Wine Enthusiast: Broad aromas of yellow pear and nectarine meld with hints of butter and gunmetal on the nose. There is decent tension to the palate, where Bosc pear and Gravenstein apple flavors arise. Alcohol 13.5%. (Aug 2018) ] 88 points Wine Enthusiast: Broad aromas of yellow pear and nectarine meld with hints of butter and gunmetal on the nose. There is decent tension to the palate, where Bosc pear and Gravenstein apple flavors arise. Alcohol 13.5%. (Aug 2018)

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94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Mont de Milieu has the most southerly exposure of any of the Chablis Premiers Crus and that tends to be reflected in the glass. Honey, stone fruit sweetness and some vanilla oak make this a comparatively forward style, but with enough acidity for balance. 2016-22. (Jan 2016) ...
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La Chablisienne Chablis 1er cru Mont de Milieu 2014  (#332256)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Mont de Milieu has the most southerly exposure of any of the Chablis Premiers Crus and that tends to be reflected in the glass. Honey, stone fruit sweetness and some vanilla oak make this a comparatively forward style, but with enough acidity for balance. 2016-22. (Jan 2016) ] 94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Mont de Milieu has the most southerly exposure of any of the Chablis Premiers Crus and that tends to be reflected in the glass. Honey, stone fruit sweetness and some vanilla oak make this a comparatively forward style, but…

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AM 93
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93 points James Suckling: Another skilled execution of edgy, modern Australian chardonnay from the cool climate of Tumbarumba, this has a heap of powerful fruit in the lime and nectarine spectrum, boosted by some lees-derived creamy and savoury notes, delivering biscuity complexity. Flavors are all… ...
JS 93
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Penfolds Chardonnay Bin 311 Tumbarumba 2014  (#701693)

Chardonnay from New South Wales, Australia

[ 93 points James Suckling: Another skilled execution of edgy, modern Australian chardonnay from the cool climate of Tumbarumba, this has a heap of powerful fruit in the lime and nectarine spectrum, boosted by some lees-derived creamy and savoury notes, delivering biscuity complexity. Flavors are all nicely integrated, stony and smooth, beautifully balanced. Drink now. (1/27/16) ] 93 points James Suckling: Another skilled execution of edgy, modern Australian chardonnay from the cool climate of Tumbarumba, this has a heap of powerful fruit in the lime and nectarine spectrum, boosted by some lees-derived creamy and savoury notes…

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96+ points LIsa Perotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard has an intense nose of pineapple, guava and ginger with honeysuckle, marzipan, cashews and brioche. The medium-bodied palate is incredibly taut for such a gregarious nose with wonderful tension framing the… ...
WA 96
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Wayfarer Chardonnay Fort Ross-Seaview Wayfarer Vineyard 2015  (#331223)

Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County, California

[ 96+ points LIsa Perotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard has an intense nose of pineapple, guava and ginger with honeysuckle, marzipan, cashews and brioche. The medium-bodied palate is incredibly taut for such a gregarious nose with wonderful tension framing the pronounced tropical flavors beautifully, finishing with lingering savory notes and a gorgeous creamy texture. 800 cases were made. Drink 2017-2027. (Oct 2017) ] 96+ points LIsa Perotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard has an intense nose of pineapple, guava and ginger with honeysuckle, marzipan, cashews and brioche. The medium-bodied palate is incredibly taut for such a gregarious…

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91-94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): This is also quite firmly reduced at present. There is good verve and plenty of underlying tension to the unusually big-bodied flavors that display an abundance of both mouth coating dry extract along with ample amounts of the hallmark minerality that helps to… ...
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De Montille Chevalier-Montrachet 2012  (#322380)

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

[ 91-94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): This is also quite firmly reduced at present. There is good verve and plenty of underlying tension to the unusually big-bodied flavors that display an abundance of both mouth coating dry extract along with ample amounts of the hallmark minerality that helps to shape the intensely saline and beautifully persistent finish. This is quite dry and exhibits slightly better overall complexity than the Corton-Charlemagne. Drink: 2020+. (Jun 2014) ] 91-94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): This is also quite firmly reduced at present. There is good verve and plenty of underlying tension to the unusually big-bodied flavors that display an abundance of both mouth coating dry extract along with…

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91 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). ...
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Lamy/Hubert St-Aubin La Princee 2015  (#332571)

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

[ 91 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). ] 91 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017).

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90 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Ripe aromas of petrol, pear and apple compote lead to round, delicious and attractively textured flavors that are forward and lush while offering fine complexity on the lightly stony finale where a bracing hint of lemon rind appears. This is already approachable… ...
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Felettig Nuits-St-Georges 1er cru Blanc Blanches les Terres 2015  (#332254)

Chardonnay from Nuits-St.-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 90 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Ripe aromas of petrol, pear and apple compote lead to round, delicious and attractively textured flavors that are forward and lush while offering fine complexity on the lightly stony finale where a bracing hint of lemon rind appears. This is already approachable and while two to three years of cellar time should develop even better depth, this is a wine that could easily be enjoyed in its youth. Drink: 2020+. (Jun 2018) ] 90 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Ripe aromas of petrol, pear and apple compote lead to round, delicious and attractively textured flavors that are forward and lush while offering fine complexity on the lightly stony finale where a bracing hint of…

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Aromas are concentrated and complex. Notes of grilled peach, pear, buttered croissant, and vanilla set the stage for a rich, and full-bodied Chardonnay. The aromas expand with mouthwatering flavors of pear, apple crisp, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, and vanilla wafer. This wine s balance and… ...
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Foley Johnson Chardonnay Carneros 2016  (#332792)

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

[ Aromas are concentrated and complex. Notes of grilled peach, pear, buttered croissant, and vanilla set the stage for a rich, and full-bodied Chardonnay. The aromas expand with mouthwatering flavors of pear, apple crisp, honeysuckle, toasted coconut, and vanilla wafer. This wine s balance and structure coupled with its bright acidity makes it an age-worthy wine to be enjoyed for several years. Enjoy with a succulent roasted chicken and wild mushroom risotto. Barrel aged 10 months American oak (45% new). Alcohol 14.5%. ] Aromas are concentrated and complex. Notes of grilled peach, pear, buttered croissant, and vanilla set the stage for a rich, and full-bodied Chardonnay. The aromas expand with mouthwatering flavors of pear, apple crisp, honeysuckle, toasted coconut,…

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96-98 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample, the 2016 Chardonnay has exuberant tropical fruit and honeysuckle scents plus savory/nut notes with hints of brioche, marzipan and ginger. Full-bodied and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, it offers tons of salted nut and savory… ...
WA 96-98
AG 93-95
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Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley 2016  (#333477)

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

[ 96-98 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample, the 2016 Chardonnay has exuberant tropical fruit and honeysuckle scents plus savory/nut notes with hints of brioche, marzipan and ginger. Full-bodied and voluptuously fruited in the mouth, it offers tons of salted nut and savory layers with seamless freshness and fantastic length. It s worth noting that at this juncture, the wine was still on original lees and hadn t been racked at all, as per the old Burgundian way. (Oct 2017) ] 96-98 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): A barrel sample, the 2016 Chardonnay has exuberant tropical fruit and honeysuckle scents plus savory/nut notes with hints of brioche, marzipan and ginger. Full-bodied and voluptuously fruited in the…

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WA 96-98
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