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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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92-95 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Sexy aromas of peach, pineapple and crushed stone. A step up from the Genevrières in suavity and mineral definition, displaying captivating inner-mouth lift and perfume. Large-scaled, tactile yet precise, this beauty finishes with terrific palate-saturating… ...
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Bouchard Meursault 1er cru Les Perrieres 2017  (#334034)

Chardonnay from Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Sexy aromas of peach, pineapple and crushed stone. A step up from the Genevrières in suavity and mineral definition, displaying captivating inner-mouth lift and perfume. Large-scaled, tactile yet precise, this…

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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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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…

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92-93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Very much white flowers, elderflower even, this was racked much earlier than Montmains so is more open for tasting. It displays a brilliant sense of precision, demonstrating the drier style of Vaillons, with medium-plus intensity and excellent length. Tasted: May 2018… ...
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Fevre Chablis 1er cru Vaillons 2017  (#334455)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

92-93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Very much white flowers, elderflower even, this was racked much earlier than Montmains so is more open for tasting. It displays a brilliant sense of precision, demonstrating the drier style of Vaillons, with medium…

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96-99 points Fine Wine Review: Floral, lime blossom nose. Round, full, pure, mineral with citric fruits. Deep, long, dense. Simply, a great wine. (12/20/18) 98 points James Suckling: This has a very flamboyant and complex nose already and there is much to offer with a full array of chardonnay fruit,… ...
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Bouchard Montrachet 2017  (#334037)

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

96-99 points Fine Wine Review: Floral, lime blossom nose. Round, full, pure, mineral with citric fruits. Deep, long, dense. Simply, a great wine. (12/20/18) 98 points James Suckling: This has a very flamboyant and complex nose already and there is…

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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…

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94 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 16/20 points Jancis Robinson: Intense zesty citrus and green fruits on the nose. Lively and gently pure, much softer-tasting than many of the 2016s and not as intense on the palate as in the aroma. Gentle finish. Drink: 2018-2023. Alcohol 13%. Date tasted: 27 Sep… ...
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Billaud/Samuel Chablis 1er cru Les Vaillons Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#333441)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

94 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 16/20 points Jancis Robinson: Intense zesty citrus and green fruits on the nose. Lively and gently pure, much softer-tasting than many of the 2016s and not as intense on the palate as in the aroma. Gentle finish.…

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89+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Champs Royaux bottling is a fine example as well in this vintage, offering up a bright and inviting bouquet of lemon, green apple, oyster shell, chalk, citrus peel and a nice topnote of straw. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied and… ...
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Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2017  (#332841)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

89+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Champs Royaux bottling is a fine example as well in this vintage, offering up a bright and inviting bouquet of lemon, green apple, oyster shell, chalk, citrus peel and a nice topnote of straw.…

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94 points Tim Atkin, MW (Decanter): The best of Bouchard's array of Meursaults in 2017, this hails from two parcels, both in Genevrières Dessus; a total of 2.65ha. Pale, scented and well balanced, it has spicy 15% new wood, good texture and weight, and notes of citrus and beeswax. Drinking Window:… ...
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Bouchard Meursault 1er cru Les Genevrieres 2017  (#334033)

Chardonnay from Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

94 points Tim Atkin, MW (Decanter): The best of Bouchard's array of Meursaults in 2017, this hails from two parcels, both in Genevrières Dessus; a total of 2.65ha. Pale, scented and well balanced, it has spicy 15% new wood, good texture and weight,…

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91-93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Just racked so not clear. 40% from Butteaux rich white fruit nose, intense but backward. Very good weight to this, lively fruit with both white and yellow character, always tension here. Some heat at the back. Still work in progress but very good promise. Tasted: May… ...
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Fevre Chablis 1er cru Montmains 2017  (#334453)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

91-93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Just racked so not clear. 40% from Butteaux rich white fruit nose, intense but backward. Very good weight to this, lively fruit with both white and yellow character, always tension here. Some heat at the back. Still…

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96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Côte de Bouguerots is also a brilliant example of the vintage. The nose is refined and vibrant, jumping from the glass in a complex blend of pear, fresh lime, a touch of white peach, complex, chalky minerality, white lilies, beeswax and citrus… ...
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Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote de Bouguerots 2017  (#334450)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 Côte de Bouguerots is also a brilliant example of the vintage. The nose is refined and vibrant, jumping from the glass in a complex blend of pear, fresh lime, a touch of white peach, complex,…

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96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The Domaine Fèvre les Clos is another brilliant 2017 grand cru. The bouquet is utterly refined and classically complex, offering up scents of green apple, tart orange, lemon, complex, flinty minerality, white flowers and incipient notes of paraffin in… ...
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Fevre Chablis Les Clos 2017  (#334448)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The Domaine Fèvre les Clos is another brilliant 2017 grand cru. The bouquet is utterly refined and classically complex, offering up scents of green apple, tart orange, lemon, complex, flinty minerality,…

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