Best Chardonnay Wine

This popular and versatile grape thrives in many different climates so the wine is produced in many parts of the world.

The wine can be soft and subtle or rich, buttery and full-bodied. In warmer regions, aromas can include ripe pears, melon and pineapple. It adapts well to oak, which adds scents of vanilla, butter, cedar, smoke and spice. However, the wine is sometimes criticized for having too much oak and alcohol.

In cooler regions, and especially with unoaked styles, the wine is more lean and acidic and offers notes of green apples, lemon and lime. In Burgundy, chardonnay makes some of the world's finest whites, referred to by their regions, such as Meursault, Chablis and Pouilly-Fuissé.

My reviews of these Chardonnay white wines are updated weekly. These Chardonnay white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Chardonnay wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Chardonnay in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

 

Greg Norman California Estates Chardonnay 2008
Santa Barbara County, California, United States
Vintages Wine Panel: Santa Barbara County’s cool coastal climate is ideal for developing full-flavoured, well-balanced Chardonnays like this one from pro-golfer-turned-wine-impresario, Greg Norman. Fresh and lively, this crisp Chard has a core of delicious green apple flavours, plus some lovely mineral notes. A great summer wine. My note: Smoky seductive with come hither, come closer aromas of green apples, toasty oak, butterscotch and mouth-watering peach. Superb effort! Chardonnay food pairings: seafood. Alcohol: 13.9%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $19.95 Score: 89/100

This Chardonnay was reviewed July 24, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 29264  Check Stock
 

Tapestry Chardonnay 2004
Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
A lovely wine that's not too oaky - mostly craftmanship. Displays aromas of green apples. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Favorite White Wine  Price: $19.95 Score: 92/100

This Tapestry Chardonnay was reviewed June 23, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 31500  Check Stock
 

Sumaridge Maritimus Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Semillon 2009
Upper Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South Africa
Nicely balanced with fresh green apples and an ocean briny marine-depth. Nice line of acidity is taken up with the green apple flavours. Terrific! Alcohol: 13.7%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.00 Score: 88/100

This Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay Semillon was reviewed May 13, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

 

Bon Courage Prestige Cuvée Chardonnay 2011
W.O., Robertson, South Africa
A full-bodied, straight-forward chardonnay with green apple and toasty oak. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled salmon over pasta in a cream-based sauce. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2014  Price: $15.95 Score: 86/100

This Chardonnay was reviewed July 7, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 278333  Check Stock
 

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2009
Casablanca Valley, Chile
A balanced and pleasant Chardonnay with green apple and melon notes. Nicely balanced oak gives it a richness without heaviness. Perfect with corn on the cob. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2013  Price: $10.95 Score: 87/100

This Chardonnay was reviewed July 20, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 318741  Check Stock
 


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Chardonnay

Chardonnay will pair well with rich dishes such as lobster in butter sauce, beef bourguignonne, breads, cheese, poultry, egg dishes, Asian dishes with black bean sauces, and recipes that have a cream base.