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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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95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Most producers don t make any Vougeot whites; La Vougeraie have two, both of them of excellent quality. This is the broader and fatter of the two, especially in 2015, but the creamy texture is supported by saline acidity, hints of nutmeg and aniseed and a spicy, focused… ...
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Vougeraie Vougeot 1er cru Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot 2015  (#331751)

Chardonnay from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Most producers don t make any Vougeot whites; La Vougeraie have two, both of them of excellent quality. This is the broader and fatter of the two, especially in 2015, but the creamy texture is supported by saline acidity, hints of nutmeg and aniseed and a spicy, focused finish. 2017-22. (Jan 2017) ] 95 points Tim Atkin, MW: Most producers don t make any Vougeot whites; La Vougeraie have two, both of them of excellent quality. This is the broader and fatter of the two, especially in 2015, but the creamy texture is supported by saline acidity,…

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95-97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): With a wonderfully intense and perfumed nose, the 2016 Chardonnay Belle Cote opens with a tropical/guava and pineapple nose with a beautiful floral undercurrent and notes of toasted almonds and cinnamon toast. Medium-bodied, with a lovely satiny… ...
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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Belle Cote 2016  (#332432)

Chardonnay from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 95-97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): With a wonderfully intense and perfumed nose, the 2016 Chardonnay Belle Cote opens with a tropical/guava and pineapple nose with a beautiful floral undercurrent and notes of toasted almonds and cinnamon toast. Medium-bodied, with a lovely satiny texture, it delivers plenty of savory layers matched by spicy vitality and finishing with great length. To be bottled in February 2018; 1,910 cases are expected. (Oct 2017) ] 95-97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): With a wonderfully intense and perfumed nose, the 2016 Chardonnay Belle Cote opens with a tropical/guava and pineapple nose with a beautiful floral undercurrent and notes of toasted almonds and…

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93 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard has a very sultry nose of apricots, green mango and grapefruit with touches of croissant, honeysuckle and chalk dust. Medium to full-bodied with a sexy, satiny texture and tons of citrus and stone fruit layers,… ...
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Walter Hansel Chardonnay Russian River Valley North Slope 2015  (#333021)

Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 93 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard has a very sultry nose of apricots, green mango and grapefruit with touches of croissant, honeysuckle and chalk dust. Medium to full-bodied with a sexy, satiny texture and tons of citrus and stone fruit layers, it has a nice long, savory finish. 840 cases produced. Drink: 2018-2024. (Jun 2018) ] 93 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Chardonnay North Slope Vineyard has a very sultry nose of apricots, green mango and grapefruit with touches of croissant, honeysuckle and chalk dust. Medium to full-bodied with a sexy, satiny…

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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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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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92-95 points Fine Wine Review: The Morey-Clos des Monts Luisants is 100% Aligoté from vines planted in 1911... The wine is just beginning malolactic fermentation as I taste it in November 2010 (in many years, it does not go through malolactic). The wine is mineral in the nose with a little honey… ...
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Ponsot Morey-St.-Denis 1er cru Clos de Monts-Luisants V.V. 2009  (#314738)

Chardonnay from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

[ 92-95 points Fine Wine Review: The Morey-Clos des Monts Luisants is 100% Aligoté from vines planted in 1911... The wine is just beginning malolactic fermentation as I taste it in November 2010 (in many years, it does not go through malolactic). The wine is mineral in the nose with a little honey showing. In the mouth, it is pure, mineral, and silky with harmony and length. Alcohol here is about 14º. (Issue #130; 2011) ] 92-95 points Fine Wine Review: The Morey-Clos des Monts Luisants is 100% Aligoté from vines planted in 1911... The wine is just beginning malolactic fermentation as I taste it in November 2010 (in many years, it does not go through malolactic). The…

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91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright yellow-green. Vibrant aromas of yellow peach, white pepper, juniper and white flowers. Sappy and savory, but also very dry and uncompromising despite its roundness. This distinctly salty wine conveys a strong impression of soil. Enologist Germain believes… ...
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Girardin/Vincent Meursault 1er cru Les Genevrieres 2014  (#328592)

Chardonnay from Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright yellow-green. Vibrant aromas of yellow peach, white pepper, juniper and white flowers. Sappy and savory, but also very dry and uncompromising despite its roundness. This distinctly salty wine conveys a strong impression of soil. Enologist Germain believes that Genevières is more complex than Perrières and that it's the only Meursault premier cru to merit grand crus status. (Sep 2015) ] 91-93 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Bright yellow-green. Vibrant aromas of yellow peach, white pepper, juniper and white flowers. Sappy and savory, but also very dry and uncompromising despite its roundness. This distinctly salty wine conveys a…

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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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90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2014 Meursault les Tessons has a lightly honeyed bouquet with a faint marine influence that becomes more accentuated with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a touch of almond on the entry and a keen thread of acidity with a touch of bitter lemon… ...
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Buisson-Charles Meursault Les Tessons 2014  (#332676)

Chardonnay from Meursault, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

[ 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2014 Meursault les Tessons has a lightly honeyed bouquet with a faint marine influence that becomes more accentuated with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a touch of almond on the entry and a keen thread of acidity with a touch of bitter lemon that enlivens and gives edginess to the finish. This is delightful. Drink: 2017-2026. (Dec 2015) ] 90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2014 Meursault les Tessons has a lightly honeyed bouquet with a faint marine influence that becomes more accentuated with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a touch of almond on the entry and a…

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95 points Tim Atkin, MW: The Côte de Bouguerots is arguably the best bit of the Bougros, which is generally regarded as the poor relation of the seven Grands Crus. This sees 60% oak and is a subtle, racy delight that needs time in bottle. Pear spice, lemon juice acidity and thrilling, minerally… ...
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Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote de Bouguerots 2013  (#324225)

Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France

[ 95 points Tim Atkin, MW: The Côte de Bouguerots is arguably the best bit of the Bougros, which is generally regarded as the poor relation of the seven Grands Crus. This sees 60% oak and is a subtle, racy delight that needs time in bottle. Pear spice, lemon juice acidity and thrilling, minerally acidity. 2019-28. (Jan 2016) ] 95 points Tim Atkin, MW: The Côte de Bouguerots is arguably the best bit of the Bougros, which is generally regarded as the poor relation of the seven Grands Crus. This sees 60% oak and is a subtle, racy delight that needs time in bottle. Pear spice,…

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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch offers more honeyed citrus, orchard fruits, pineapple, and floral notes, with a gorgeous minerality developing with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, vibrant and fresh, with good acidity and building richness, it's classic all the way and a… ...
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Patz & Hall Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2016  (#333181)

Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

[ 95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch offers more honeyed citrus, orchard fruits, pineapple, and floral notes, with a gorgeous minerality developing with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, vibrant and fresh, with good acidity and building richness, it's classic all the way and a thrilling Chardonnay from this estate. (6/5/18) ] 95 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch offers more honeyed citrus, orchard fruits, pineapple, and floral notes, with a gorgeous minerality developing with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, vibrant and fresh, with good acidity and…

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