Known as the king of white wines, Chardonnay makes excellent, rich and complex white wines. In the Burgundy district of France, it is used for some of the greatest wines created including Montrachet, Meursault and Pouilly-Fuisse. In Champagne it is used for Blanc de Blancs and Rose. Australia produces a large amount of Chardonnay. The grape grows well in many of the great regions of California including Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast.
Straw yellow to yellow-gold
Medium to full-bodied
Apples, pears, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, melons, tropical fruit, pineapples, figs, spice, vanilla, butter, butterscotch, buttered toast, custard, honey and hazelnut
Argentina; Australia; California; Chile; France (Burgundy and Champagne regions); Italy; New York; New Zealand; Oregon; South Africa; Texas; Virginia