Chardonnay Wines, Oaked and Unoaked




Chardonnay Wines

The Chardonnay grape is green, and this grape is planted in vineyards around the world; about 500,000 acres. It is the most planted grape in California. Almost all winemakers make a Chardonnay, and many make both an oaked and unoaked.

Chardonnay was made originally in France, known as an Old World wine region. New World winemakers tryed to make Chardonnay similar to the great Chardonnays of France, but they realized they could not compete with the terroir of France's distinct vineyards, so they instead oaked Chardonnay. This not only made the New World Chardonnay winemaking unique, but also produced new flavours in Chardonnay wines.

Wine Style-Types

Chardonnay wines are usually Dry or Medium Dry, with a Rich body or a Lighter Crisp body, however, Rich bodies are more common, especially in oaked Chardonnay.

Chardonnay is often blended in Sparklings with Pinot Noir and sometimes other blends like Chenin Blanc. The blend percentage is not exact, although 50/50 is common for Sparklings. Chardonnay is sometimes blended with Sauvignon Blanc. As Sauvignon Blanc is a thinner wine, Chardonnay gives it more body, and Sauvignon Blanc, being more acidic, adds crispness to the Chardonnay which is a less acidic wine.

Chardonnay wines can be oaked or unoaked. Oaked wines are quite popular in most Chardonnay wine making regions except for France. The wine is put in oak barrels, usually American or French oak, and left to age, which over time adds the oaky flavours. How long they are oaked depends on the winemaker and what oak flavours they want to produce. Usually a few months to 18 months or less is common for average priced wines.

The best Chardonnay from France is Chablis, characterized as: apple, citrus, orchard fruit, mineral and earthy. In France, some expensive Chablis Chardonnay wines can cost $600 or more. And, many can be bought for $20-$30-$40. Most Chardonnay from the Chablis region of France is not oaked.

Some of the best oaked and unoaked Chardonnays are from USA, California - Napa Valley and Sonoma, Oregon, New Zealand, and Cote de Beaune in France. Chile, Spain and Australia also have some good oaked and unoaked Chardonnay at great prices.

The alcohol content in Chardonnay wines can vary from 11 - 13.5%.

Flavours-Aromas

Oaked Chardonnay can have the aromas and flavours of unoaked Chardonnay and also oaky flavours like: vanilla, hazelnut, toasty, caramel, creamy, buttery, spice. Oaked Chardonnay tends to be more complex tasting. Unoaked Chardonnays are moreso fruity in character; with aromas and flavours like: pear, peach, apple, citrus, tropical, mineral and crisp.

Buying Chardonnay

The bottle label may not say if it is oaked or unoaked(although many do), nor the wine store counter label, however, the flavours and aromas on the store label is a good indicator if the wine is oaked; usually the oaked flavours and aromas are stated like: vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, buttery. If the store label only lists fruit flavours like: citrus, tropical, apple, crisp, then likely the Chardonnay is not oaked.

For an Oaked Chardonnay, a store label might read like this; citrus, hazelnut, buttery, or as: pineapple, citrus, creamy. It includes a fruit flavour and one or two of the oaked flavours.

You can also find this wine information at online wine websites that include written wine descriptions, like at these websites:

LCBO, website(Ontario Canada), LCBO.com

BCLS, website(British Columbia, Canada) BC Liquor Stores.com

Wine tasting notes found at online winemaker websites and websites that sell wine, are great for researching wine styles, aromas and flavours.

Food pairings for Chardonnay wines can include a variety of cuisine, from chicken, fish, pastas, asian, korean, BBQ, grilled meats, chowders, shellfish.

Wine Drinking Temperature

Chardonnay wine is usually served at fridge cold temperature. Put your Chardonnay in the fridge a couple of hours before serving time.


Browse popular Chardonnay Wines
Wine prices may vary from time to time, and may vary by Country, by State, Province. Prices shown are Canadian dollars.

For Those Wines We Tasted,
We Added Our Own Taste Note; Just Good, Good, Very Good, Excellent.


Chardonnay

Banrock Station Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light
Flavours-Aromas:Orchard Fruit, Spice, Tropical
Food Pairings: Halibut, Pasta, Chowders
Price; $12.99 750ml Country: Australia
Taste Note: Good

KWv Vinecrafter Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Light, Crisp, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Tropical, Crisp
Food Pairings: Pasta, Chicken
Price: $11 750ml Country; South Africa

Fuego Austral Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Tropical, Buttery
Food Pairings: Scallops, Salmon, Chicken
Price: $9.99 750ml Country: Chile
Taste Note: Good

Gallo Family Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Buttery, Citrus
Food Pairings: Pasta, Chicken
Price: $10 750ml Country: USA, California
Taste Note: Good

Lindemans Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Tropical, Vanilla
Food Pairings: Shellfish Chicken
Price: $12 750ml Country: Australia
Taste Note: Good

Cliff 79 Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Crisp, Orchard Fruit
Food Pairings: Shellfish, Chicken
Price: $12 750ml Country: South Australia

Piat Dòr Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Citrus, Pear
Food Pairings: Fresh Cheeses, Whitefish
Price: $12 750ml Country:

Yellow Tail Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Melon, Peach, Toasty
Food Pairings: Shellfish, Chicken
Price: $12 750ml Country: Australia
Taste Note: Very Good

Peller Estates
Varietal:Chardonnay Style: Light
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Pear, Buttery
Food Pairings: Shellfish
Price: $12 750ml Country: Canada, Ontario
Taste Note: Just Good

Wolf Blass Bilyara Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Peach, Pineapple, Toasty
Food Pairings: Shellfish, Chicken
Price $13 Country: South Australia
Taste Note: Very Good

Men of Gotham Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Citrus, Tropical
Food Pairings: Crab, Chowder
Price $16 Country: Australia

Vina Pedregal Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Exotic Fruit, Toasty
Food Pairings: Salads, Roast Chicken
Price $16 Country: Chile

Wolf Blass Red Lbl Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Crisp, Exotic Fruit
Food Pairings: Pasta, Chicken
Price: $15 750ml Country: South Australia
Taste Note: Good

Cono Sur Organic Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Light Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Melon, Tropical
Food Pairings: Pork, Chicken
Price $16 Country: Chile

Musso Organic Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Citrus, Tropical
Food Pairings: Roast Chicken
Price $16 Country: Spain

Wyndham Bin 222 Chard
Varietal:Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Medium Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Butterscotch, Melon, Pineapple
Food Pairings: Grilled Fish, Roast Pork
Price: $14 750ml Country: South Australia
Taste Note: Very Good

Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Creamy, Toasty, Tropical
Food Pairings: Chicken, Grilled Fish, Shellfish
Price: $15 750ml Country: Australia
Taste Note: Very Good

Novas Gran Reserva Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Toasty, Tropical
Food Pairings: Chicken, Shellfish
Price: $16 750ml Country: Chile
Taste Note: Very Good

Misson 5 Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio Style: Rich Bodied
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Creamy, Pineapple
Food Pairings: Chicken, Shellfish
Price: $18 750ml Country: Canada

Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Medium Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Tropical, Apple, Citrus, Toasty Oak, Vanilla, Lingering Finish
Price: $22 750ml Country: Australia

Babich Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Nutty, Peach
Price: $20 750ml Country: New Zealand

Nugan King Valley Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apricot, Creamy, Fruit
Price: $22 750ml Country: Australia

De Bortoli Villages Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Body, Dry
Flavours-Aromas:Citrus, Floral, Nutty
Price: $31 750ml Country: Australia, Yarra

Chateau des Charmes
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, XDry
Flavours-Aromas: Pear, Apple, Mineral, Creamy Texture, Lengthy Finish, Barrel Fermented
Price: $18 750ml Country: Canada, Ontario

Hardys Nottage Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Peach, Spice
Price $13 750ml Country: South Australia
Taste Note: Very Good

De Bortoli Reserve Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Floral, Nutty
Food Pairings: Pasta, Shellfish
Price $18 750ml Country: South Australia

Morgan Bay Cellars Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Buttery, Citrus, Tropical Fruit
Food Pairings: Lobster, Roast Chicken, Crab
Price $18 750ml Country: USA, California

Arrogant Frog Chardonnay and Viognier Blend
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Butter, Hazelnut
Food Pairings: Shellfish
Price: $16 750ml Country: Roussillon, France

Villa Maria Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Peach, Pear, Creamy
Price: $19 750ml Country: New Zealand

Sterling Vintners Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Buttery, Spice
Price: $15 750ml Country: USA, California

Clos de Bois Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Pear, Toasty
Price: $18 750ml Country: USA, California
Taste Note: Very Good

Marques Casa Concha Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Pear, Hazelnut, Mineral
Price: $24 750ml Country: Chile
Taste Note: Good

Albert Bichot Chablis Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Pear, Mineral
Food Pairings: Shellfish
Price: $22 750ml Country: France, Burgundy(Chablis)

Planters Ridge Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Buttery, Citrus, Earthy
Food Pairings: Salmon, Roast Chicken
Price: $25 750ml Country: Canada, Nova Scotia

Angeline Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Pear, Toasty, Vanilla
Food Pairings: Salmon, Roast Chicken
Price: $25 750ml Country: USA, California

J Drouhin Chablis Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Floral, Mineral
Food Pairings: Shellfish
Price: $32 750ml Country: France, Burgundy(Chablis)

Louis Jadot Chablis Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Citrus, Mineral
Food Pairings: Shellfish
Price: $36 750ml Country: France, Burgundy(Chablis)

Wallaroo Trail Chardonnay (Box Wine)
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Crisp, Light, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Apple, Pear, Pineapple
Food Pairings: Shellfish, White Fish, Pasta
Price: $44 4000ml Country: Australia

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Tropical, Buttery, Toasty
Food Pairings: Fish, Shellfish, Pasta
Price: $45 750ml Country: USA, California
Taste Note: Excellent!

Pierre Andre Pouilly Fuisse Chardonnay
Varietal: Chardonnay Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Almond, Apple, Toasty
Food Pairings: Fish, Shellfish, Pasta
Price: $41 750ml Country: France

CHARDONNAY BLENDS

Hardys Stamp Chardonnay - Semillon Blend
Style: Rich Bodied, Dry
Flavours-Aromas: Citrus, Peach, Vanilla
Varietals: Chardonnay, Semillon
Price: $13 750ml Country: Australia
Taste Note: Very Good

Concha Toro Trio Chardonnay Blend
Varietal: Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio Style: Rich Bodied
Flavours-Aromas: Mineral, Toasty, Tropical
Food Pairings: Chicken, Scallops, Shellfish
Price: $16 750ml Country: Chile


Chardonnay with an Included Flavour of Caramel, Butterscotch

Cremaschi Furlotti Chardonnay
Caramel, Creamy, Tropical
$26, Chardonnay, Chile

Gallo William Hill Chardonnay
Apple, Butter, Caramel
$32, Chardonnay, USA

Bouchard Premier Cru Chardonnay
Apple, Caramel, Citrus
$36, Chardonnay, Burgundy, France

Wyndham Estates Bin 222 Chardonnay
Butterscotch, Melon, Pineapple
$14, Chardonnay, Australia
Very Good

Bouchard Montagny Premier Cru
Apple, Caramel, Citrus
Rich Body
$36, White Wine, Chardonnay, Burgundy, France


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