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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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92 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from a hillside site rich in white marl soil): Bright, light yellow. Musky lemon and lime aromas are complicated by white flowers and chalk. Densely flavored and intense, showing inviting sweetness to its peach and pear fruit… ...
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Lamy/Hubert St-Aubin 1er cru Derriere Chez Edouard 2015  (#332348)

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

[ 92 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from a hillside site rich in white marl soil): Bright, light yellow. Musky lemon and lime aromas are complicated by white flowers and chalk. Densely flavored and intense, showing inviting sweetness to its peach and pear fruit flavors. A nicely bracing wine with the added thickness of the year. Finishes tactile and quite long. These vines are planted at a density of 14,000 per hectare, vs. 30,000 for the special Haute Densité bottling. (Sep 2017) ] 92 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2017). 91-92 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from a hillside site rich in white marl soil): Bright, light yellow. Musky lemon and lime aromas are complicated by white flowers and chalk. Densely flavored and intense,…

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94 points James Suckling: A really stylish white with white stones, dried apricots, white blossoms, lemon curd, jasmine and caramelized citrus peel. Medium to full body, some really nice phenolic texture, very zesty acidity and an pinpoint finish. Drink now. (6/21/18) ...
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Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2017  (#701963)

Chardonnay from Walker Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

[ 94 points James Suckling: A really stylish white with white stones, dried apricots, white blossoms, lemon curd, jasmine and caramelized citrus peel. Medium to full body, some really nice phenolic texture, very zesty acidity and an pinpoint finish. Drink now. (6/21/18) ] 94 points James Suckling: A really stylish white with white stones, dried apricots, white blossoms, lemon curd, jasmine and caramelized citrus peel. Medium to full body, some really nice phenolic texture, very zesty acidity and an pinpoint finish.…

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94 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a lovely, well-made white, bursting in tones of vanilla and biscuits on the nose. It is lush and layered on the light-bodied frame, the oak integrated and subtle, with flavors of green apple and mango. Alcohol 13.4%. (Aug 2018) ...
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Trefethen Chardonnay Napa Valley Oak Knoll District Estate 2016  (#331222)

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

[ 94 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a lovely, well-made white, bursting in tones of vanilla and biscuits on the nose. It is lush and layered on the light-bodied frame, the oak integrated and subtle, with flavors of green apple and mango. Alcohol 13.4%. (Aug 2018) ] 94 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a lovely, well-made white, bursting in tones of vanilla and biscuits on the nose. It is lush and layered on the light-bodied frame, the oak integrated and subtle, with flavors of green apple and mango. Alcohol 13.4%…

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90 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) offers good up front intensity in a mid-weight style that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Lemon confit, orchard fruit, chamomile and lightly oaked notes are laced into the silky finish. This is a very pretty, bright… ...
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Ramey Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014  (#332903)

Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

[ 90 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) offers good up front intensity in a mid-weight style that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Lemon confit, orchard fruit, chamomile and lightly oaked notes are laced into the silky finish. This is a very pretty, bright Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Drink: 2017-2022. (Mar 2017) ] 90 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): The 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) offers good up front intensity in a mid-weight style that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Lemon confit, orchard fruit, chamomile and lightly oaked notes are laced into the…

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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 undertones. It really does have flor in the barrel when aging. Love. Get it. Drink now. (4/5/18) ] 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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94 points James Suckling: Much fresher than the Estate chardonnay of this vintage, this has lots of ripe pear character and generous body, but remains restrained. The further you ride the graceful, long finish, the more complete the overall impression becomes. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/19/18) ...
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Kumeu River Chardonnay Kumeu Coddington Vineyard 2014  (#702163)

Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 94 points James Suckling: Much fresher than the Estate chardonnay of this vintage, this has lots of ripe pear character and generous body, but remains restrained. The further you ride the graceful, long finish, the more complete the overall impression becomes. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/19/18) ] 94 points James Suckling: Much fresher than the Estate chardonnay of this vintage, this has lots of ripe pear character and generous body, but remains restrained. The further you ride the graceful, long finish, the more complete the overall…

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92-94 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): Returning after parading last year as a Bourgogne Blanc until the vines reached satisfactory maturity, the 2016 Musigny Blanc Grand Cru is comprised of three barrels, none of them new. It has an intriguing bouquet with white flowers, honeysuckle, Cornice… ...
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Vogue Musigny Blanc 2016  (#332871)

Chardonnay from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 92-94 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): Returning after parading last year as a Bourgogne Blanc until the vines reached satisfactory maturity, the 2016 Musigny Blanc Grand Cru is comprised of three barrels, none of them new. It has an intriguing bouquet with white flowers, honeysuckle, Cornice pear and orange blossom aromas, plus jasmine with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with a resinous texture and you know, if I was served this blind, frankly I would never guess it to be a Chardonnay. It is a sui generis, almost Marsanne-like in flavor profile and texture with touches of spice, ginger and lemongrass toward the finish. This is an absolutely fascinating wine. Welcome back. Drink: 2019-2039. (Dec 2017) ] 92-94 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): Returning after parading last year as a Bourgogne Blanc until the vines reached satisfactory maturity, the 2016 Musigny Blanc Grand Cru is comprised of three barrels, none of them new. It has an intriguing…

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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 zest. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is very elegant with a quiet intensity of citrus and stone fruit and a very long finish. 1,000 cases produced. (Oct 2018) ] 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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90 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The Domaine Fèvre Chablis AC from their own parcels of vines is... a superb AC, offering up a far more reserved bouquet of lime, green apple, flinty minerality, citrus peel and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused… ...
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Fevre Chablis Estate 2014  (#327262)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 90 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The Domaine Fèvre Chablis AC from their own parcels of vines is... a superb AC, offering up a far more reserved bouquet of lime, green apple, flinty minerality, citrus peel and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and very precise on the attack, with a lovely core, bright acids and excellent grip and nascent complexity on the long and snappy finish. 2017-2035. (Nov/Dec 2015) ] 90 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The Domaine Fèvre Chablis AC from their own parcels of vines is... a superb AC, offering up a far more reserved bouquet of lime, green apple, flinty minerality, citrus peel and a gently smoky topnote. On…

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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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94+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (this wine was aged in one new and one five-year-old barrel): Bright light yellow. Aromas of fresh peach, white flowers, liquid rock and medicinal herbs. Enters the mouth fine-grained and lush, then turns firmer and a bit austere, in the style of the Bienvenues.… ...
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Girardin/Vincent Chevalier-Montrachet 2014  (#328588)

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

[ 94+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (this wine was aged in one new and one five-year-old barrel): Bright light yellow. Aromas of fresh peach, white flowers, liquid rock and medicinal herbs. Enters the mouth fine-grained and lush, then turns firmer and a bit austere, in the style of the Bienvenues. But this energetic, deep wine is longer and more refined on the palate-staining aftertaste. These grand crus were bottled in April of this year and Germain noted that they got better and better through their long élevage. Drink: 2022-2034. (Sep 2016) ] 94+ points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (this wine was aged in one new and one five-year-old barrel): Bright light yellow. Aromas of fresh peach, white flowers, liquid rock and medicinal herbs. Enters the mouth fine-grained and lush, then turns firmer…

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Aromas of melon, sweet citrus and white blossom floral layered with notes of flint, yeast and sweetly toasted oak. A smooth and focused entry is followed by a silky midpalate with ripe flavors of honeydew and lemon, supported by just of touch of wet stone, yeast and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is… ...
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Far Niente Chardonnay Napa Valley 2017  (#333229)

Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California

[ Aromas of melon, sweet citrus and white blossom floral layered with notes of flint, yeast and sweetly toasted oak. A smooth and focused entry is followed by a silky midpalate with ripe flavors of honeydew and lemon, supported by just of touch of wet stone, yeast and toasted hazelnuts. The finish is long and structured with citrus rind and mouthwatering acid. Barrel aged 10 months sur lie in French oak (54% new, 46% once-used). Alcohol 14.3%. ] Aromas of melon, sweet citrus and white blossom floral layered with notes of flint, yeast and sweetly toasted oak. A smooth and focused entry is followed by a silky midpalate with ripe flavors of honeydew and lemon, supported by just of touch of wet…

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