About Chardonnay White Wine

About Chardonnay White Wine
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

Top Picks for Chardonnay

G.H. Mumm NV Grand Cordon Brut Champagne
95 points
This is a wonderful everyday Champagne that balances acid with dosage and mild autolysis with citrus fruits, orchard fruits, bramble berries and delicate floral notes.
Perrier-Jouët NV Grand Brut Champagne
95 points
A beautiful Champagne blend leaning into the red berry flavors that will make this a delicious aperitif as well as an easy companion for a wide range of dinner courses.
Wakefield 2022 Promised Land Chardonnay
95 points
Best Buy
A New World under study well-suited to fill in for Village level white Bourgogne.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Australian Chardonnay 2022 Best Chardonnay
95 points $13 Best Buy
Champagne Lallier NV Ouvrage Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
94 points
Ripe orchard fruit, particularly pear, with pronounced rich notes of freshly baked bread and cheese; an excellent Champagne that has seen extended lees contact and epitomizes the taste of luxury.
Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2021 Expedition Chardonnay
94 points
Best Buy
A delightfully balanced and elegant Chardonnay that will be quite versatile, balancing New World tropical fruit and Old World acidity.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Jarvis 2020 Unfiltered Finch Hollow Chardonnay
94 points
A very, very good Chardonnay here. Oaky but with the quality of fruit sufficient to balance and improve with age.
Mer et Soleil 2019  Chardonnay
94 points
Complexity abounds in this satisfying and long finishing Chardonnay.
94 points $20.95
Château Montelena 2018  Chardonnay
94 points
A Chardonnay that delivers on freshness and richness
94 points $44.95
Champagne Lallier NV Réflexion R.019 Champagne
93 points
Ripe and tart orchard fruits with refreshing citrus to balance the autolytic characteristics, plush mousse and and luxuriously long finish.
Pride Mountain 2021  Chardonnay
93 points
An elegant and well balanced Chardonnay with judicious use of oak and fresh ripe fruit; suitable for every occasion where wine can be enjoyed.