Chardonnay

Chardonnay was the most popular white grape through the 1990's. It can be made sparkling or still. Food pairings: a good choice for fish (even salmon) and chicken dishes. Districts: chardonnay makes the principle white wine of Burgundy (Bourgogne, France), where it originated. Chardonnay is versatile and is grown with success in most viticultural areas under a variety of climatic conditions. Yet it only amounts to 2 percent of the world vine areas. Total chardonnay vines cover more than 160,000 hectares (400,000 acres). The biggest states were in 2005: U.S.A.: California: 44,509 ha; Oregon and Washington state: 3,200 ha France: 35,252 ha Australia: 22,528 ha Italy: 11,800 ha Moldavia: 6,000 ha South Africa: 8,000 ha Chili: 7,500 ha Argentina: 5,155 ha Typical taste of the different types of chardonnay: voluptuous. Chardonnay wines are often wider-bodied (and more velvety) than other types of dry whites, with rich citrus (lemon, grapefruit) flavors. Fermenting in new oak barrels adds a buttery tone (vanilla, toast, coconut, toffee). Tasting a USD 20 Californian Chardonnay should give citrus fruit flavors, hints of melon, vanilla, some toasty character and some creaminess. Burgundy whites can taste very different.

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  1. Les Petits Carreaux Chardonnay

    Les Petits Carreaux Chardonnay

    $14.94

    Size 750ML


    Chardonnay pairs well with poultry dishes, pork dishes, shellfish, and soft cheeses. Learn More
  2. Les Petits Carreaux Chardonnay

    Les Petits Carreaux Chardonnay

    $14.94

    Size 750ML


    Les Petits Carreaux Chardonnay Learn More
  3. Gruet Blanc De Blancs

    Gruet Blanc De Blancs

    $20.99

    Size 750ML


    Medium lemon in color, our Non Vintage Blanc de Blancs presents aromas of brioche and green apples that follow through on the palate. Flavors of lemon zest, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit lead to a crisp, fresh finish. Learn More
  4. Pietra Santa Chardonnay Unoaked Cienega Valley 2013

    Pietra Santa Chardonnay Unoaked Cienega Valley 2013

    $21.94

    Size 750ML


    We have been waiting years for Pietra Santa to have enough of their exceptional un-oaked Chardonnay to offer our club members, and the time has finally come. Reminiscent of the finest wines from France’s Maconnais, the 2013 Pietra Santa Cienega Valley Chardonnay displays a bright sun-kissed Chardonnay color that evokes a smile, but that’s just for starters. The best of this wine is still to come. Pietra Santa’s 2013 Chardonnay offers up a beautiful set of aromatics, including soft scents of apple blossom, acacia flower, and lemon zest, all of which carry through to the palate. In the mouth, there is nothing wimpy about this un-oaked Chardonnay. Rather, the citrus and floral tones so prominent in the bouquet melt into the wine’s pure fruit flavors and pronounced minerality to offer a racy, fulfilling mouthful of wine. Unencumbered by a preponderance of oak, Chardonnay’s distinctive varietal flavor shines through in Pietra Santa’s 2013 Chardonnay. Enjoy this well-made Chardonnay moderately chilled (about 40º F) now and for the next couple of years. Learn More
  5. Recanati Chardonnay

    Recanati Chardonnay

    $24.99

    Size 750ML


    Located in Israel’s Hefer Valley, the Recanati Winery is a showcase winemaking facility, equipped with the most innovative technology available today. Owned by Lenny Recanati, a native of Israel with ancestral roots stretching back to Italy, the winery is the fruit of Lenny’s life-long dream to produce truly world-class wines. Chief winemaker is Gil Shatsberg, a graduate of the U.C. Davis wine program. Formerly a winemaker at Israel’s Amphorae and Carmel wineries, Gil brings to Recanati proven expertise in his field, allied to a devotion to artistry and craftsmanship in winemaking.

    Recanati wines are certified kosher .

    Production Area
    Grapes for this Chardonnay are sourced from select hillside vineyards in Israel’s Kerem Ben-Zimra district, at an optimum altitude of 2,500 feet above sea level.

    Grape Varieties
    100% Chardonnay.

    Vinification
    After hand harvesting, the grapes are gently pressed as whole clusters to preserve maximum levels of aroma and flavor. The wine is then fermented in small French oak barrels and aged sur lie for a further nine months. Following the Burgundy tradition, the wine is mixed with yeast every three weeks, thereby enhancing its creaminess, delicate fruit and complexity.

    Color
    Pale straw gold.

    Bouquet
    Delicate aromas of tropical fruit with subtle nuances of caramel and hazelnut.

    Taste
    Full-bodied and harmonious, concluding in a long, smooth finish.

    Serving Suggestions
    Enjoy as an aperitif or with a variety of dishes, including fish, pasta in cream sauces and a wide array of appetizers. Serve chilled.

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  6. 2012 Sturm Chardonnay

    2012 Sturm Chardonnay

    $25.94

    Size 750ML


    Wrapping, warm, mineral. The aroma is intense and creamy, with typical hints of ripe exotic fruit and bread crust. It is flavourful and fresh, full-bodied and elegant with distinct notes of citrus fruit and vanilla. In the mouth it offers a very important and well balanced complexity. Learn More
  7. La Pierrelee Chablis

    La Pierrelee Chablis

    $25.99

    Size 750ML


    A fresh, succulent and harmonious version, this white evokes apple, melon and lemon flavors, with a squeeze of lemon. A mineral element lingers. Drink now through 2016. Learn More
  8. Catena Chardonnay Tupungato

    Catena Chardonnay Tupungato

    $29.94

    Size 750ML


    Mendoza Province is Argentina’s most important winemaking region with approximately 167,704 hectares (414,405 acres) of vineyards, accounting for 70% of the country’s Wine production. Within the Mendoza appellation there are distinct sub-appellations, legally recognized as “Indicaciones Geográficas” (IGs). Through extraordinary diversity in soil quality, altitude, and climate, Mendoza’s sub-appellation/IGs are essential in defining the terroir of Argentine wine. 
Wines labeled from a particular appellation/IG must be sourced 100% from vineyards in the IG. Learn More
  9. 2014 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay

    2014 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay

    $63.94

    Size 750ML


    The 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay boasts an attractive light golden-straw color and fresh, lightly buttery, ripe golden apple, pear and citrus aromas, complemented by seductive vanilla and cinnamon/nutmeg scents from oak aging and subtle yeast tones from lees contact. Lush, concentrated and creamy on the palate, its ripe apple, melon, bright citrus and baking spice flavors culminate in a long, beautifully structured finish boasting crisp acidity and zesty mineral and spice tones. Sumptuous, yet refreshing Learn More
  10. 2010 Domaine Chanson Meursault

    2010 Domaine Chanson Meursault

    $63.94

    Size 750ML


    Decanter average score: 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts) Individual judge’s scores: SB 18 GD 17 SS 17.5 Quite a rich nose of oak and white flowers. Tastes more like Charmes than Perrières. Nonetheless a good and concentrated wine, with firm acidity, a fine-grained texture and considerable drive and persistence. Drink 2013–2022 Alc 13.5% Decanter judges: Stephen Brook, Gearoid Devaney MS and Steven Spurrier Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine/labels/34353/slideshow/11/meursault-premiers-crus-2010#feE3hIZidgRpBfdp.99 Learn More
  11. Domaine Jean Chartron Chassagne Montrachet 2013 Les Benoites

    Domaine Jean Chartron Chassagne Montrachet 2013 Les Benoites

    $64.94

    Size 750ML


    Located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, Chassagne Montrachet, along with neighbour Puligny, is home to the finest Chardonnay on earth. This superb, top appellation Burgundy displays the grape at its most minerally, elegant and opulent. Learn More
  12. Moone Tsai Chardonnay 2011

    Moone Tsai Chardonnay 2011

    $75.99

    Size 750ML


    Int'l Wine Cellar - Napa, CA- "Showing an intriguing stony character and nicely integrated oak. Fresh acidity extends the flavor of lemon cream through the long, subtle finish. Nicely silky and refined, and firmer on the back end..." Learn More
  13. 2012 Evening land La Source Chardonnay

    2012 Evening land La Source Chardonnay

    $91.99

    Size 750ML


    Fresh, elegant and expressive, with a lovely open texture that lets the spicy, minerally pear and pineapple flavors glow brightly as the finish gains momentum. Has depth and sinuous shape. Drink now through 2020. 350 cases made. –HS

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