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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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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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93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...There is elevated ripeness to the openly exotic nose of yellow fruit, lemon and white flower aromas... possesses exceptionally rich, overtly powerful and imposing big-bodied flavors that despite the impressive size and weight, retain a fine sense of precision… ...
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Long-Depaquit (Albert Bichot) Chablis Les Clos 2010  (#330658)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...There is elevated ripeness to the openly exotic nose of yellow fruit, lemon and white flower aromas... possesses exceptionally rich, overtly powerful and imposing big-bodied flavors that despite the impressive size and weight, retain a fine sense of precision and detail on the linear and explosive finish where a touch of menthol surfaces. This dramatic if not entirely typical effort should deliver up to a decade's worth of upside development potential. Drink: 2018+. (Sep 2012) ] 93 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...There is elevated ripeness to the openly exotic nose of yellow fruit, lemon and white flower aromas... possesses exceptionally rich, overtly powerful and imposing big-bodied flavors that despite the impressive…

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95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...riper and denser mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit, petrol, spice and sea breeze scents to shine. The ripeness exhibited by the nose continues onto the juicy, even succulent yet beautifully focused flavors that deliver superb complexity on the… ...
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Fevre Chablis Vaudesir 2014  (#332246)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...riper and denser mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit, petrol, spice and sea breeze scents to shine. The ripeness exhibited by the nose continues onto the juicy, even succulent yet beautifully focused flavors that deliver superb complexity on the impressively lingering finale. This should age effortlessly and I would expect the minerality to develop even more with age. A 'wow' wine. Drink: 2024+. (Oct 2016) ] 95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...riper and denser mix of both white and yellow orchard fruit, petrol, spice and sea breeze scents to shine. The ripeness exhibited by the nose continues onto the juicy, even succulent yet beautifully focused…

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89 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (bottled in August; done entirely in stainless steel; from vines that are 50 years old or more): Bright light-medium yellow. Very subtle scents of yellow fruits, menthol and minerals are fresh but quite tight. At once juicy and laid-back, conveying good density to… ...
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Bonhomme/Andre Macon-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#332671)

Chardonnay from Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

[ 89 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (bottled in August; done entirely in stainless steel; from vines that are 50 years old or more): Bright light-medium yellow. Very subtle scents of yellow fruits, menthol and minerals are fresh but quite tight. At once juicy and laid-back, conveying good density to its flavors of apple, pear and peach. Made from red clay soil with stones on top, this wine is ultimately rounder and a bit less minerally than the Viré-Clessé Pierre Blanches version. Drink: 2018-2022. (Nov 2017) ] 89 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (bottled in August; done entirely in stainless steel; from vines that are 50 years old or more): Bright light-medium yellow. Very subtle scents of yellow fruits, menthol and minerals are fresh but quite tight. At…

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Fermented 25% in old French oak barriques, and 75% in stainless steel tanks, so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white… ...
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Kumeu River Chardonnay Kumeu Village 2015  (#701610)

Chardonnay from New Zealand

[ Fermented 25% in old French oak barriques, and 75% in stainless steel tanks, so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach. The weighty mid-palate also shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. Delightful as an aperitif, and even better to drink with fish and shellfish. ] Fermented 25% in old French oak barriques, and 75% in stainless steel tanks, so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty…

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Cold climate and rocky soil make the vineyard particularly attractive for a Chablis-style Chardonnay, with its combination of high natural acidity with strong minerality. For this style of un-oaked Chardonnay, the fruit is whole-cluster pressed and fermented in large Grade '304' stainless steel… ...
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Neyers Chardonnay Sonoma County 304 2017  (#332790)

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

[ Cold climate and rocky soil make the vineyard particularly attractive for a Chablis-style Chardonnay, with its combination of high natural acidity with strong minerality. For this style of un-oaked Chardonnay, the fruit is whole-cluster pressed and fermented in large Grade '304' stainless steel tanks, with about 15% in concrete tanks. No malolactic fermentation. Fresh, crisp, and delicately layered with flavors. Not yet reviewed; 2016 vintage rated 93 points and 'Editors' Choice' by Wine Enthusiast. ] Cold climate and rocky soil make the vineyard particularly attractive for a Chablis-style Chardonnay, with its combination of high natural acidity with strong minerality. For this style of un-oaked Chardonnay, the fruit is whole-cluster pressed and…

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92 points Wine Enthusiast: Rich in green apple and fig, this wine offers medium-bodied weight and breadth and grainy acidity. From the famous site planted to densely concentrated berries, it's fleshy and textured, with plenty of complexity from spice and oak. Alcohol 14.2%. (Mar 2018) ...
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Patz & Hall Chardonnay Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2015  (#331507)

Chardonnay from Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

[ 92 points Wine Enthusiast: Rich in green apple and fig, this wine offers medium-bodied weight and breadth and grainy acidity. From the famous site planted to densely concentrated berries, it's fleshy and textured, with plenty of complexity from spice and oak. Alcohol 14.2%. (Mar 2018) ] 92 points Wine Enthusiast: Rich in green apple and fig, this wine offers medium-bodied weight and breadth and grainy acidity. From the famous site planted to densely concentrated berries, it's fleshy and textured, with plenty of complexity from spice…

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This focused, elegant Chardonnay s aromas feature sweet golden apple, ripe citrus, tropical fruit and almond with touches of creamy yeast, vanilla and oak in the background. On the plate, the rich flavors are complemented by a light touch of toasty oak and refreshing citrus with mineral notes and… ...
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Poppy Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2015  (#329971)

Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California

[ This focused, elegant Chardonnay s aromas feature sweet golden apple, ripe citrus, tropical fruit and almond with touches of creamy yeast, vanilla and oak in the background. On the plate, the rich flavors are complemented by a light touch of toasty oak and refreshing citrus with mineral notes and bright acidity in the finish Serve this wine with lighter meats and fish or with fruit and cheese. ] This focused, elegant Chardonnay s aromas feature sweet golden apple, ripe citrus, tropical fruit and almond with touches of creamy yeast, vanilla and oak in the background. On the plate, the rich flavors are complemented by a light touch of toasty…

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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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86-89 points and 'Outstanding/Top value,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from vines planted in 1953). Hints of matchstick and citrus introduce bigger, richer and slightly more vibrant flavors that are at once dense and serious yet the citrusy finish is not without a certain attractive refinement. This… ...
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Ente/Benoit Bourgogne Chardonnay Golden Jubilee 2016  (#332887)

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France

[ 86-89 points and 'Outstanding/Top value,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from vines planted in 1953). Hints of matchstick and citrus introduce bigger, richer and slightly more vibrant flavors that are at once dense and serious yet the citrusy finish is not without a certain attractive refinement. This is a very good example of the genre and worth checking out. Drink: 2020+. (Jun 2018) ] 86-89 points and 'Outstanding/Top value,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from vines planted in 1953). Hints of matchstick and citrus introduce bigger, richer and slightly more vibrant flavors that are at once dense and serious yet the citrusy finish is…

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93 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). Situated just west of and above the legendary grand cru Chevalier-Montrachet, the Murgers des Dents de Chien vineyard is the most prized parcel in St-Aubin. This is a southeast-facing hillside just above Puligny. The whole clusters are pressed directly, and the… ...
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Leroux/Benjamin St-Aubin 1er cru Murgers des Dents de Chien 2015  (#330482)

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

[ 93 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). Situated just west of and above the legendary grand cru Chevalier-Montrachet, the Murgers des Dents de Chien vineyard is the most prized parcel in St-Aubin. This is a southeast-facing hillside just above Puligny. The whole clusters are pressed directly, and the wine is aged for 16 months in 300-liter barrels (15% new oak), without bâtonnage. True aficionados know the smart money in white Burgundy is in Saint-Aubin, and the smartest money is in Murgers des Dents de Chien. ] 93 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). Situated just west of and above the legendary grand cru Chevalier-Montrachet, the Murgers des Dents de Chien vineyard is the most prized parcel in St-Aubin. This is a southeast-facing hillside just above Puligny.…

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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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